“In Greek mythology, the Sirens would sing enchanting songs, drawing sailors irresistibly toward the rocks and certain shipwreck. Odysseus filled his crew’s ears with wax and had them tie him to the mast. This is like the approach of legalism. We bind ourselves up with laws and disciplines in a vain attempt to resist temptation. Orpheus, on the other hand, played such beautiful music on his harp that his sailors ignored the seductions of the Sirens’ song. This is the way of faith. The grace of the gospel sings a far more glorious song than the enticements of sin, if only we have the faith to hear its music.” –Tim Chester, You Can Change
This is certainly the way to conquer sin and temptation – by having a sweeter delight, a deeper joy, a richer satisfaction than the promised pleasures of sin. This is the way to avoid the seduction of the empty cisterns of the world – by drinking deeply from the Fountain of Delights. Lord Jesus, help us fix our eyes on your infinite beauty.