Proverbs 7 – Entire Chapter – Please take the time to read the entire chapter
As I read through this chapter this weekend, something struck me about the message to the son to avoid the Adulteress. As I prayed about the passage, I felt the LORD was speaking to me about how His people have turned to the Adulteress World and fallen to its enticing words and crafty intent. I realize that at every corner the World’s deception calls out and often, it takes hold of us before we know it, because we have not been cautious about our walk before the LORD.
The passage is progressive as it says he saw a young man who lacked judgment walking down the street near the corner of the harlot. A warning to not even go in that direction was given!
The world’s moral decay and its lust for violence, selfishness, jealousy and pride are waiting to pull us in. And like the warning that was given – with persuasive words we are led astray, we are seduced with the smooth talk and we become like the ox going to slaughter. We are totally oblivious of the fate that awaits us when we get caught in the web designed. Following after the world and its offerings is a highway to the grave.
So how do we avoid the call from this harlot? How do we build a defense against her siren voice? How do we keep our hearts from falling to the enticement of her sin?
The first verse in this chapter tells us to store up His Commands within for His Word is His Law and the Word of God must be a treasure we keep safely so that we are not robbed and left shamed by the sin that so easily besets us. We are told to keep His commandments and we will live. We are to live with the Word of God in such a way that we could not imagine facing a new day without His Word pressed against our heart. We must keep guard over His commands as though they were the very apple of our eye and protect it as we would our eyes from foreign objects being aimed at us. Would we not dodge, close our eyes and turn away if we saw something coming close to hitting us in the eye? Then so much the more, we should hold the Word of God and protect it as we would our own bodies. God’s Word is the light; the law in the heart is the eye of the soul; we must carefully guard our hearts. We are told elsewhere to let the Word of God dwell richly within us (see Colossians 3:15-17). We must make the Word of God a partner to our soul; we must seek it when we have questions, we must lean on it during our time of need and we must cling to it to equip us as the world calls to us.
Prayer: LORD, with our whole heart we seek thee; let us not wander from your commandments. Help us to hide your word in our hearts so that we will not sin against thee. LORD, we bless your name and ask that you teach us your statutes. LORD, we will meditate on your law and respect its teaching; we will delight in your statutes. Help us to not forget your Word so that we may live to keep your Word in the face of trials. LORD, establish your Word in our hearts. Thy Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Thank you for your Word! In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Connie Renfro ©