Today you should read: Proverbs 7
A pure devotion…
Just as so many Proverbs begin, this chapter begins with the prerequisites. It begins with God stating, “My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching 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 call insight your intimate friend to keep you from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words.”
This specific chapter is discussing the need for men to stay away from the adulterous woman. But this “staying away” does not come from human strength; it comes from the God-empowered, determined heart that takes heed to the prerequisites found in verses 1-5.
Verses 6- 27 describe this woman and describe the destruction caused by those who draw near to her. Now, one could say that the context and environment of when this was written was far worse than today, but I would have to disagree. It seems like the purity of our culture and the men and woman in it are as far gone as ever. Therefore, this applies greatly. It applies to marriages and to lives as singles.
The two questions I have, depending on your current situation in life, are:
1. Are you doing everything possible, mainly what is described in verses 1-5, to stay away from such people? Are you protecting your marriage? Are you setting boundaries? Are you careful about subtly flirting with the line?
2. Are you doing everything possible, mainly what is described in verses 1-5, to not become this person? The details will vary in any given culture, but it is the heart of one who ignores pure devotion in every regard. Pure devotion to marriage, family, and God.
It is a scary culture that we are in. A culture that lends itself to a lack of pure devotion. But we must remember, God wants a pure devotion from us. A pure devotion to our family, to our friends, and mainly to God Himself. In the end, impure devotion will bring forth death and pure devotion will bring forth life (v. 2). Meditate on verses 1-5 today and let the truths of His words lead you into pure devotion.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione