For the last week, I have seen several trophy-size blacktail bucks in our neighborhood. Their antlers are immense. They are the stuff of a hunter’s dream. Rarely are these deer seen except when they enter the rut and let their guard down in pursuit of a doe. They allow their unrestrained passion to put them on display and in places of jeopardy. I have some friends who are excellent hunters who only hunt during the rut because the old mossy-back bucks come out from hiding at that time of year.
It seems a lot of us can be like a rutting deer. When we fail to discipline our passions (not just our sexual impulses), we start to roam into vulnerable territory and expose ourselves to unnecessary risk.
Our passions are a gift from God if they function in submission to His will. When they are not restrained and directed with truth and under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, they produce negative outcomes leaving us depleted, wasted, and vulnerable.
Passions have a unique function. They can help us discover the season in which we live if we are willing to do some personal research. Frustration, anger and depression can attach themselves to a season of life in an attempt to blind us to the deeper spiritual realities taking place. If we can restrain a passion long enough to inquire of the Lord about its motivating factors, we will begin to see those things our passions blinded us from seeing, like the season of life in which we currently live. If we can discern the season by understanding its connection with our unrestrained passions, we will not walk into the crosshairs of the enemy and become an easy target for deception.