The internet is full of quick resources and self-help advice amidst times of calm and times of crisis. You can find help on literally anything on the go anytime, anywhere. But how much of it is true and actually helpful and how much of it is just click-bait and sensationalism. Thankfully, we have a book that has stood the test of time. King Solomon, the wisest man to have ever lived (excluding Jesus fully-man of course). Solomon, Son of David, when asked by God he can have anything he wants, Solomon responded “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (2 Chronicles 1:10). It is through this godly wisdom that we have the book of Proverbs today! Today we focus on Proverbs 7.
Let’s journey through Proverbs!
Warning Against the Adulterous Woman
My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and you will live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and to insight, “You are my relative.”
5 They will keep you from the adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her seductive words.
6 At the window of my house
I looked down through the lattice.
7 I saw among the simple,
I noticed among the young men,
a youth who had no sense.
8 He was going down the street near her corner,
walking along in the direction of her house
9 at twilight, as the day was fading,
as the dark of night set in.
10 Then out came a woman to meet him,
dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
11 (She is unruly and defiant,
her feet never stay at home;
12 now in the street, now in the squares,
at every corner she lurks.)
13 She took hold of him and kissed him
and with a brazen face she said:
14 “Today I fulfilled my vows,
and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.
15 So I came out to meet you;
I looked for you and have found you!
16 I have covered my bed
with colored linens from Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed
with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
18 Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning;
let’s enjoy ourselves with love!
19 My husband is not at home;
he has gone on a long journey.
20 He took his purse filled with money
and will not be home till full moon.”
21 With persuasive words she led him astray;
she seduced him with her smooth talk.
22 All at once he followed her
like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer stepping into a noose
23 till an arrow pierces his liver,
like a bird darting into a snare,
little knowing it will cost him his life.
24 Now then, my sons, listen to me;
pay attention to what I say.
25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways
or stray into her paths.
26 Many are the victims she has brought down;
her slain are a mighty throng.
27 Her house is a highway to the grave,
leading down to the chambers of death.
Embrace the Warning
Reading Proverbs 7 you may easily be pulled to think that the warnings and wisdom portrayed are applicable to adulterous woman and then men who are lured in by their beauty and words of honey. There’s nothing wrong with that. But look a little deeper, the words of Proverbs 7 can and should be applied to any alluring temptation we face.
Something terrible went down in the garden with Adam and Eve. They thought they could handle life by themselves and that they didn’t need to follow God’s advice. Eve decided to listen to Satan’s lies, and Adam followed suit. Adam and Eve were given wisdom and insight by God, but they chose a different path for a brief moment. God even gave them insight about what would happen to them. If they ate from the “tree of knowledge of good and evil they would certainly die.” Not only did God give them wisdom and insight, but He told them they could eat from any other tree, just not that one!
Why did they not listen?
It’s human nature, isn’t it, to want to do something when someone tells you not to? Don’t touch that; stop watching that; get away from hanging out with those people; he is trouble; she will tempt you. When your parents tried to warn you about someone or something, suddenly you wanted it more…right!?!
Why? Because of SIN. First, sin separates us from God first and foremost, but it also separates us from His wisdom and insight.
In Proverbs 7, the author is giving a warning against the adulterous woman. He is giving us wisdom and insight to continue to follow God’s commands or we will fall victim to sin once again.
So what is it in your life right now where God is offering you wisdom and insight, but you are being tempted in a different direction? Is it another woman or man who is not your spouse? A business decision that goes against God’s wisdom and insight? Is it a decision you need to make, but you are just afraid to make it because it goes against “worldly” wisdom? Could it be a sin you’re continually doing and just cannot stop on your own?
No matter what you are facing, know that God is guarding you with His teachings and commands.