Alex pointed to some painted wooden ducks on the workbench. "What are you going to do with those?" he asked as his older brother Steve got ready to
go duck hunting.
Steve picked up one of the fake ducks. "These are called decoys," he told
the younger boy. "No self-respecting duck will come near if he sees me standing around with a gun in my hands. So I hide, but I put these guys out to float
on the lake. From the air, they look real, and when ducks fly overhead, they
see them. They say to themselves, If that's a good spot for those ducks to land, it must be a good place for me.' Then down they come. I jump out of my hiding place and before they know it, I've got dinner."
"Humph!" Alex grunted. "What dumb ducks!"
That evening, Alex and Steve watched a football game on TV. During a commercial break, Steve opened a magazine, but he noticed his younger brother intently watching the commercial. Seeing Steve frown at him, Alex shrugged. "Why does Dad think drinking liquor is so bad?"
he asked. "The people in that ad look like they're having fun."
"Don't be a dumb duck," said Steve. "Those people are good-looking and dressed really nice and seem to be happy and healthy, but they're just trying to make you think drinking alcohol is a good idea. They don't want you to remember that it causes all sorts of problems--inability to stop drinking and hangovers and meanness. You never see a smashed up car in those ads or someone staggering around. You see only the decoys that make drinking liquor look good."
Alex was thoughtful. "In Bible class last week, we talked about stuff Satan uses to try to get us to sin," he said. "Our Bible verse called them wiles of the devil.'" Alex looked at his brother, then frowned. "Don't you be a dumb duck, either," added Alex. "When your friend Nick stopped over the other day, I saw a pack of cigarettes in his pocket. He looks strong and healthy even though he smokes. But don't be fooled just because you don't see him gasping in pain from lung cancer."
"I won't touch those things. I promise." Steve smiled. "Satan tries to fool us with decoys in lots of areas. Let's both be smart--no dumb ducks in our family!"
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Does Satan fool you by making sin look attractive? He likes to keep you from seeing the ugly side of doing wrong things. If someone gets away with stealing candy, shoplifting may look attractive. When someone cheats and gets a good grade, it may seem like cheating is a good idea. When kids who swear or tell or laugh at dirty jokes become popular, it may seem all right to do those things, too. Don’t be fooled by the decoys Satan shows you. Sooner or later, sin always ends in sorrow.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Ephesians 6:11 (KJV)
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
*Verse displayed is NKJV