Proverbs – God’s practical guide to a joyful life
Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well.
Let’s top up our coffees and relax in this week’s words of wisdom from Solomon….
My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge. For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.
Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say. Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house, lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel, lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another. At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent. You will say, “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction! I would not obey my teachers or turn my ear to my instructors. And I was soon in serious trouble in the assembly of God’s people.”
In today’s society where everyone feels that it is their right to do whatever it is they want that makes them feel good, the words DISCRETION and SELF-CONTROL are often laughed at. Commercials promote that we purchase the promoted product because we deserve it. Television promotes sexual relations with anyone on a daily basis. The business world promotes getting ahead no matter whom you have to walk over or what you have to do to get there. It doesn’t matter whether you seek adultery for sexual, professional, or self indulging pleasure, she will lead you down a path of bitterness, consequences, pain, and hopelessness. The glorious vision that your eyes lustfully seek- sex, money, greed- only mask the ugliness of its consequences, no matter how beautifully appealing they may seem at the time.
On the other hand, Solomon is begging us to not get sucked into the beauty of adultery’s empty promises. God, the Father, has told us what to look for and what to follow. In Jesus, we have one who has showed us the way to go, and continues to walk side by side with us, whether we acknowledge him or not. God has placed in our hearts the Spirit which nags and pulls at our consciences when we are considering embarking on that which is not beneficial for our soul nor our loved ones. Do we listen? I beg you to listen!
Do not give in to her seduction. Let your body be blameless, your marriage bed be pure, your professional dealings be honest, and your heart be content with all you have. And when the desire feels too strong, seek God’s strength to overcome for in Christ we are victor’s in the midst of temptation. He is our strength. He knows our weakness and he will come to our aid. Finally, in those times when we fall, he is our grace and forgiveness who picks us up and helps us to stand. “So do not fear,” God assures us, “for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10) Go in peace, be strong in the Lord!
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, there are so many areas of this life that could call me to cheat and follow adulterous ways. Help me to be discerning of your ways to know when such deception is at my front door. Give me your strength and courage to turn away from such temptations. Guide me in your Word and show me your truth, that I may live according to your will for my life. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!