Don’t add to temptation’s ease

Today’s Proverb (one for each day of the month) is of course Proverb 7 “Warning against the Adulteress”

On a first note, reading Proverbs daily is something I have done before but it has been a while.  One of the pastors of my church brought this concept up again that for 5 months a year there are 31 days and there are 31 Proverbs.  Reading them on a regular basis is just as simply as knowing the date.  Today being the 7th, I turned to Proverbs 7.

After Solomon warns his sons to listen to his words, he gives them a second warning by way of sharing a poor example of someone who was “caught” by the Adulteress.  Although he does go far to explain the depths of her seduction, he begins the story with the setup, the story of a man that, on his own, has made the path to the Adulteress easy.

6 For at the window of my house
    I have looked out through my lattice,
and I have seen among the simple,
    I have perceived among the youths,
    a young man lacking sense,
passing along the street near her corner,
    taking the road to her house
in the twilight, in the evening,
    at the time of night and darkness.

You see, this man was not just minding his own business when he was snared.  He was choosing to wander in the direction of danger.  The Adulteress is tricky, but she also looks for low hanging fruit.  What Solomon is telling his sons is that if you don’t act like low hanging fruit in the first place, you have done well to build up protection from such temptations.

Another pastor of mine commonly refers to ‘guardrails’ in your life.  You see, the guardrail on a road is not actually right at the edge of where you are supposed to drive.  It’s also not right at the edge of the cliff; it’s somewhere in between.  Usually the more severe the danger on the other side of the guardrail, the further the guardrail appears from the danger.

The “young man lacking sense” in Solomon’s Proverb has certainly not built up any guardrails around this area of his life.  As a result, “he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter”  (v22). 

Be wise and put in the proper guardrails to protect you from dangerous situations.

  • Don’t be alone with a member of the opposite sex.  Not only to avoid your own temptations but also to avoid any appearance of inappropriateness as well.
  • Don’t frequent areas of potential temptations (like the man in this Proverb did).
  • Give ALL passwords to your spouse (especially for your technology) so there will never be anything to hide.

These are just a few examples, but the bottom line is this.  Heed the warning of the wisest man of all, Solomon, and don’t make things easier for the temptations in your life.

 

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