Proverbs 10min. Challenge (Proverbs 7)

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Chapter 7 of Proverbs is the most vivid picture of foolish innocence wandering into lust, drifting into adultery and landing in big trouble.

If we are tempted to think that God is just a party pooper when it comes to sex, not approving sex before marriage, promoting that ancient tradition of marriage and championing faithfulness till death do us part, then Proverbs 7 may help us think again.

I read the chapter today for my 10 minute challenge and my question is, ‘What on earth can I say that is more helpful than what is there already?’

So, I’ll include the whole chapter and simply add notes about my experience to encourage you.

Proverbs 7

My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you.
Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and to insight, “You are my relative.”
They will keep you from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words.
When I read this father to son encouragement, I think ‘Wow, imagine if I’d had this same conversation with my Dad, instead of the “Go sow your wild oats” one’. Things might have been different. I think about my siblings who lived in the same household but were already having conversations with their heavenly Father, they did actually have another sister called Wisdom and a relative called Insight. While I was out sowing my wild oats they were reading the bible, hearing the wisdom of God at church and youth group, and binding it on their fingers and writing it on their hearts.
At the window of my house I looked down through the lattice.
I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense.
This was me, the simple, the one with no sense.
He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.
I too put myself into the wrong place at the wrong times.
Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
(She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home; now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.)
She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:
 “Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.
So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you!
I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
I did meet this person, they looked good, they looked pure, I believed that I was ‘the one’ in their eyes.
After they broke my heart, I hardened it and went on to became this woman.
Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love!
This became my purpose to drink deeply of love and within a marriage it would have been great.  All night loving is pretty fantastic. However, when it is not inside marriage it can be pretty destructive.
My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.  He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.”
With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.
All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.
It can cost your life. Have you ever felt like you were sapped of life and love by day, even though you were loving all night?
Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say.
Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.
Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng.
Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.
God’s desire for us is life, and life to the full, anything that leads down to the chambers of death he will warn against, because he loves us. He does not want us to be  “little knowing”. He has revealed his wisdom for a full life in the bible for our benefit.
Be encouraged today to listen to that wisdom. Be blessed by God’s warning against adultery in Proverbs 7. Be reminded that He adores you.
Lots of love,
L

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