As we have seen so far, the book of Proverbs contains great, practical advice for how to live in a way that is glorifying to God. The wisdom given to us in this ancient book is still applicable to us in modern times. Isn’t it amazing that God’s Word provides wisdom for us now just as it did when it was written?
Our passage today opens up with a hypothetical money problem. Maybe this money problem doesn’t seem so hypothetical to you though. We read here about someone who is “trapped” in debt and at the “mercy” of the one to which they are indebted. Maybe you also feel trapped by financial debt. What does God’s Word say to do? Verse 5 says, “Save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter, like a bird fleeing from a net.”
What does that mean? It means to get out quick. I don’t know your financial situation, but I encourage you to find a way to get out of debt in a quick, efficient way. We are called to steward our resources in a way that gives glory to God, serves his people, and fulfills the Great Commission. Debt makes this fairly difficult.
Next, the passage goes on to talk about work. Verse 6: “Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!” Verse 8: “…they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones how long will you sleep? When will you wake up?”
Not only do we see someone here that is in debt, but is doing nothing to get out of it! This Lazybones isn’t working hard to get out of debt.
Finally, we see a description of sin, and the Lord hates sin. Specifically he detests:
- Haughty eyes
- A lying tongue
- Hands that kill the innocent
- A heart that plots evil
- Feet that race to do wrong
- A false witness who pours out lies
- A person who sows discord in a family
What a list! Did you read this passage today and think, “Good thing this doesn’t describe me!” I did! But the reality is that we are all sometimes not wise with our money, lazy in some way, prideful, deceitful, hateful, lustful, and greedy. This is sin, and we are sinners. Because we are sinners, we have earned the wage of death (Romans 6:23a). But praise be to God that through Jesus’s death on the Cross and resurrection from the dead he has paid our debt! As you go throughout your day, think about the ultimate debt that has been paid off.
Some questions for today:
- Are you stewarding your resources for the glory of God and the building of his kingdom?
- What lesson can you take from the hard work of ants?
- Is there anything in your life that you need to confess and acknowledge is sin?
By: Lucas Taylor — Worship Ministries Intern