Drifting, hobbling or remaining idle are words which describe linger. This state can lull people into a false sense of security. Any type of prolonged visit here can stagger any sort of spiritual progress in the past. I refer to linger as the first of 3 deadly L’s, laying the ground work for a crash, fall or prodigal act to follow.
Though he cannot bear to let it go and lets it linger in his mouth, Job 20:13.
The half way point on the road to destruction, Matthew 7:13, blends into linger. Like a natural progression, lust is a byproduct of someone who is curious, distracted and side tracked. Imagine a fish who is hungry. Sure, fish realize the worm is on some sort of hook, but this craving leads to an irrational behavior. If the tempter pulls as you take a bite, addiction is set in motion.
But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death, James 1:14-15.
In the parable of the prodigal son, Luke 15, a doctor makes an interesting observation of a lost person. Luke compares this phase of life as an individual who loses their perspective. This debilitating state leads unwitting souls to hit rock bottom. Like a never ending abyss, people continue in a free fall until one comes to their senses. If this blog finds you somewhere on the road to destruction, lingering, lustful or lost, may the Holy Spirit pull you back in the right direction toward the road to recovery. Keep the faith as the Bible illuminates the way, Psalm 119:105.
by Jay Mankus