Reading Proverbs 5:1-23
As we approach day five is important to remember that Solomon is talking to his son, Rehoboam. This affects his language, as it is the advice of a father to his son. We know too well, there are men who will take advantage of a women as often as women will take advantage of a man. The advice is simple, no matter how appealing the short term pleasure of adultery the long term hurt of adultery is astronomical (vs 4,5,10-11,14) (Proverbs 6:26-29). I love how one person put it: “Sin always takes us further than we want to go and costs us more than we were willing to pay”.
A man wanted to hire a chauffeur to drive his family across a very treacherous mountain range. He wanted the best chauffeur in the world, so he conducted interviews to find that person. Three people applied for the post. He asked the first, “How close can you drive to the edge of a cliff?”,
“I’m a great driver”, the first would-be chauffeur replied, “Within three meters.”
He asked the same to the second, ” I’m a superb driver”, they boasted, “Within one meter!”
He asked the third the same, “Sir, driving is my passion” they said, “I want to continue driving as long as I can, I never go near the edge of a cliff!”
“You’ve got the job – I know my family will be safe with you”.
Solomon, tells his son, stay away, right away, far, far, away from danger/temptation. That is the only safe way to be safe. Somethings, some situations, need to be avoided at all costs. For some of us it will be sex, others money, some power, others alcohol, some of us, “all of the above!” Solomon says, “Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house” (vs 8).
John writes …
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:5-9 NIV 1984)
“For your ways are in full view of the Lord,
and he examines all your paths.”
Father in heaven, you know me completely. I ask according to your great love you would help me to run the race set out for me. Help me set my eyes on Jesus; help me not to stray from that path; Lord, help me to be disciplined and stay far away from those things I know tempt me. Please Father pour out your spirit on me that I may be kept from temptation. Thank you for forgiving me all my sin, and washing me clean, thank you for always being the One I can return to. Thank you your arms never tire in welcoming me. In Jesus Name, amen.
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