proverbs 7:16-17 "I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon."
This chapter deals with temptation. As human beings, we respond to our 5 senses: sight, smell, hearing, feeling, and taste.
Have you ever been on a diet just eating a plain looking salad with a less than bland taste..and then looking over on the table next to you to see a piece of the most moist, decadent, chocolatey cake you have ever seen in your life? Imagine the smell..and don't even get yourself started on the taste. Your senses are begging you to indulge in the cake, but you made a commitment to yourself to eat healthier..do you break the promise and live in the now? or do you make the better decision?
This can be related to what men deal with. now i can't exactly go into detail because, personally, I'm not a man...and i don't know what men think..and i can't just stereotype EVERY SINGLE GUY into one single though process..but here's a little tidbit. boy sees girl. girl is dressed in low cut top and short shorts. her perfume is alluring. her skin is smooth. all of these attributes appeal to the senses, which causes temptation. Just like in the verse. The cinnamon, aloe, and myrhh all appeal to the sense of smell, while the colored linen from Egypt appeals to the sight.
We need to stop living in temptation, and in order to do that, we have to stop following our senses. We need to think things through instead of just jumping into it thinking "Well it feels good now, so why wait for something that will feel good later?"
Trust me, instant gratification is not always a good thing.