A crackle of static and an abrasive voice jarred me to consciousness. The sound came from a speaker recessed in the ceiling above me. My mind had been far away with the gentle rocking of the ship, the warm sun, and motion of the waves. The voice sounded again, “Hello, folks this is Ben, your Cruise Director, ‘the Voice from above’.” Ben unleashed a barrage of words trying to get passengers to drink, party, and spend. Passengers were being enticed to indulge in a myriad of self-pleasing activities, all of which seemed calculated to empty passenger’s pockets and line the coffers of the cruise line. We were told to get out there and have fun.
Voices like Ben’s join innumerable other “sirens’ voices” in mankind’s ear. Like the sirens of Greek mythology who enticed sailors to their doom, they try to get us to enjoy the pleasures of self-indulgence for a season without regard for the consequences that come later.
From the beginning of man’s sojourn on the earth, the ‘voices’ have been calling. In Genesis chapter 3 we hear the sirens’ voice at the dawn of creation: “Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die…So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and desirable to make to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate” (Genesis 3:4-6, NKJV).
The consequences of listening to the siren’s voice, which was certainly not from above, was devastating to the sailors in Greek mythology. It was truly so for Eve and Adam. It is still so today for those who listen to those alluring invitations. The ‘true’ voice from above gives us these words, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” (Galatians 6:7-8, NKJV).
As our days unfold, let us ask the Lord to help us block out the siren’s call of this world. That call beckons us to ignore God’s word and live to please ourselves. We are urged to get out there and enjoy life without counting the cost.
Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me.”
~ Brother Roy