PROVERBS DAY #7: GOD’S ROAD SIGNS: DANGER AHEAD!
“Love wisdom like a sister; make insight a beloved member of your family. Let them hold you back from an affair with an immoral woman, from listening to the flattery of an adulterous woman.” (Prov. 7:4-5).
I love the Bible. Not only does the wisdom of God’s Word give us the keys to living a blessed, successful and prosperous life, but it also warns us about some of the dangers that we will encounter along the way. It is much like the warnings of a road sign: Sharp curve ahead! Rocks falling! Slippery when wet! Bumpy road! If we pay attention to the warning signs, we can avoid an accident… or even death.
In chapter seven of Proverbs, Solomon gives warnings against an immoral woman. As we’re journeying along on planet earth, and endeavoring to live a holy life that is pleasing to God, we will face temptations every day. In Matthew 26:41, Jesus gave this warning to His disciples: “Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.” (msg).
Solomon gives a graphic description of what happened to a simpleminded man who yielded to the temptation of a sinful woman: “So she seduced him with her pretty speech. With her flattery she enticed him. He followed her at once, like an ox going to the slaughter or like a trapped stag, awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart. He was like a bird flying into a snare, little knowing it would cost him his life.” (verses 21-23).
If this young man knew that he was walking into a trap, he surely would have ignored this woman’s temptations. However, sin is sneaky, and it comes disguised as pleasure, and this is why we often give into the temptation: It looks good! Someone said once that sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and charge you more than you want to pay. Simply put: the wages of sin is death.
As Christians, we must trust that our Heavenly Father is a Good God, and when He tells us not to do something, it is because He knows that it will either hurt us or others. His commandments are for our good.
“Listen to me, my sons, and pay attention to my words. Don’t let your hearts stray away toward (an immoral woman). Don’t wander down her wayward path. For she has been the ruin of many; numerous men have been her victims. Her house is the road to the grave. Her bedroom is the den of death.” (Prov. 7:24-27).
TODAY’S READING: PROVERBS CHAPTER SEVEN.
Pastor Chris Jordan