Dinah, about 16 years of age, was the new girl in the neighborhood. She hadn’t been here long, and she was curious about the other young women here. Perhaps she wondered what kind of styles they wore, how they wore their hair, and if they were allowed to wear make-up. Her curiosity got the best of her, so she slipped out on her own, away from the safety of home, to check it all out for herself. That was when Shechem saw Dinah, took her, and defiled her.
We read this story in Genesis 34. While we understand that Shechem committed a sin, we must also realize that Dinah put herself in a very vulnerable position when she left the security of her home and family. It doesn’t sound like her parents knew what she was doing when you read verse 1 – Dinah…went out to see the daughters of the land. Her curiosity was her undoing.
What lessons we can glean from this story!
- If you’re a young woman, under parental authority, trust your parents’ wisdom, and seek their advice about where you go and what you do.
- Our curiosity should never take us to see things that could ultimately lead us to sinful situations. Proverbs 4:25 says, Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Be careful about things you look at on the Internet and television. Guard your eyes and your heart. Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
- Think about what you’re getting ready to do and about the potential consequences. Proverbs 4:26, 27 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
Dinah’s desire to see the “daughters of the land” not only hurt her, but it angered her brothers to the point that they sought for revenge, and ended up killing many men as a result. Our choices don’t only effect our own lives, it will have impact on those around us as well!
Guard your heart and your curiosity. It could end up costing you far more than you really want to pay.