Day 149

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Proverbs 5:1-7:27 (NLT)

Randy King, Director, Summer Family Adventure

Proverbs! “Cool” I thought, “I will get to comment on some of Solomon’s wisest thoughts, which will in turn, make me look pretty wise too.” I read through Proverbs 1 through 4 and sure enough, some pretty sound advice was indeed presented. I ventured on into the 5th volume to begin my assigned reading. Whoa! Sudden change of subject! Somehow, we transitioned from great advice on how to live one’s life to avoiding immoral women. For the record, I would suggest we can make this lesson ‘gender neutral’ as I do not think women are any more or less immoral than men. Granted, men might be a bit more thick-headed at times and need to be told something more than once, so perhaps the advice is written primarily for the benefit of men. Man or woman, I think we all need to adhere to the wise advice provided by Solomon in these passages.

Two of my three readings seem to center on the idea that we should avoid immoral people, especially in the area of sexual immorality. I fully agree, and I was excited to move on to a new topic in Proverbs 6 which focused on some key lessons for daily life. Some pretty good advice is imparted in this section including the 6 things God really dislikes and a 7th he apparently loathes (depending on which translation you read). I paid close attention to the list: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who sows discord among brothers. This is a pretty good list and certainly things we should all aspire to avoid in our character. Solomon even threw in a lesson centered on the wisdom that can be gained by watching an ant (avoid laziness). He also made a strong point about not going into debt or spending irresponsibly. This is solid advice. Although Proverbs 6 focused on a number of other important topics, apparently Solomon thought it was important to reiterate, once again, the need to stay away from immoral and adulterous men/women. Conversely, perhaps this was just a good way to transition into Proverbs 7 where he would provide “Another Warning about Immoral Women.”

Really? Another warning about immoral men/women? I kind of see this as a no-brainer on the surface, but as I read more deeply, I realize this sort of thing can easily happen to us in our daily life. Maybe not specifically the area of sexual immorality, but are we all leading our lives exactly the way we would like to? Or better yet, are we all living our lives the way we think God would like us to? Do we live up to the example Jesus provided for us? I have to admit, I fail this measure and most of us–OK let’s admit it, all of us, fail when measured against God’s perfection.

Perhaps if we simply view immorality as an example or representation of sin, these lessons become more relevant. Like an undernourished child, we are at times undernourished Christians…nothing but sin and bones. To be healthy and to be able to ward off these poor decisions, we need to be well-fed by God’s word and God’s wisdom. In each moment we face, if we cannot decipher right and wrong based on God’s wisdom, we may not even realize the steps we take getting closer and closer to immorality (sin). Our minds need to be already made up before we encounter the situation. I think Solomon is attempting to help others make the right decisions before the moment of truth presents itself. We are asked to live righteous lives, not perfect lives, but we must be in pursuit of righteousness all the time or else we will quickly, and far too easily, go down the wrong path. My prayer for you is that you stay strong in moments of temptation and that you will always seek the wisdom of God, for God truly knows what is best for you.

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3 responses »

  1. Great devotion Randy, love the statement ” undernourished Christians…nothing but sin and bones”

    Here are a couple of my “go to” temptation verses.

    1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NLT)
    If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

    Hebrews 2:18 (TLB)
    For since he himself has now been through suffering and temptation, he knows what it is like when we suffer and are tempted, and he is wonderfully able to help us.

  2. I agree that today we can read this section gender-neutral. Consider 5:3: “For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech;” Change the pronouns and that’s an awfully good description of the men involved in human trafficing. Girls: beware!

    In our sex-saturated culture, warnings against any kind of sexual sin seem odd and quaint. We smugly assume our superior technology and pharmacology have made such ideas really unnecessary. But the creator of our bodies and minds and spirits says different. He says sexual sin brings death and destruction. In His grace, that death and destruction are usually not immediate, but they are certain.

    Father, protect us from our pride and selfishness. May we humbly submit to Your restrictions in all areas of our lives until we recognize how truly liberating they are.

  3. Adultery, to me, speaks of giving my body (as God’s temple) and my heart to someone or something for which it was not intended. There are so many things that attempt to seduce me away from my God: ease, comfort, money, pleasure, material things that I think I “need”, fame, recognition, success…etc… I need to be on the alert. Father, my heart belongs to You and You alone. Thank You for Your indwelling Holy Spirit Who faithfully reminds me of what You desire and what You abhor. Open my ears and my understanding to detect the subtle seduction of my flesh and the enemy that would draw me away from You.Thank You that You ALWAYS provide a way of escape. Open my eyes to see that way, that I may stay close to You. And thank You that, when I do wander off, Your grace and mercy cause me to turn back & You draw my back into Your arms of forgiveness and acceptance. No one and nothing else is worthy of my devotion but You.

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