Ok, let’s do this. A small delay in time will not stop me. I am going to continue to build discipline in my life regardless of whether I want to or not. And let’s be honest, it would be much easier to just sit around than to be disciplined would be, but is that what we are called to do? I think not, so let’s go.
This chapter is for all of us, ladies.The title of the chapter is warnings against adultery. Why would we need a warning if there was not temptation there? Does this temptation end when you get married? Absolutely not! How many married women do you know who have an affair (and yes, emotional affairs are still affairs)? So let’s read this warning and learn from it.
Verse 3: “For the lips of an adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil.” Why don’t her words drip lemon juice? Or hot sauce? It is not nearly as tempting as the sweetness of honey! She is hoping to draw you in to this temptation.
Verse 8: “Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house.” I mentioned in an earlier chapter, we are suppose to flee from sin. It is so easy to see how close we can get to crossing a line with the intent of stopping ourselves before it is crossed. However, we are advised to not even go near the door to the house. It is much easier to resist temptation from a distance than it is in the midst of it. Avoid it all together if you can.
Verse 12: “You will say, “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!” No one likes being corrected, but in God’s great love for us, he disciplines there behaviors that are sinful. But that does not mean we will like it, and it does not mean that we need to like it.
Verse 18: “May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.” I love this verse! How often do you rejoice in your spouse? Isn’t it so easy to get caught up in what annoys us about them that we forget to rejoice? Or is that just me? Tim absolutely deserves more rejoicing.
Verse 21: “For your ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all your paths.” What a convicting verse! There are 2 words that stick out to me in this verse more than the others. Can you guess what they are? Full and All. Our ways are in full view. It is not partial view and nothing is protecting us from being discovered. And then he examines all our paths. Not just some of them.
When God looks at your paths, what do you hope he finds? How can we ensure that this is what He sees? What do you need to flee from that is enticing you currently? I pray that we can all flee from the sins that are trying to entangle us today.