~ Proverbs ~ 6 The Goldmine Of Spiritual Wisdom ~Warning Against Folly & Adultery ~
~ Proverbs 6 The Goldmine of Spiritual Wisdom ~
Warnings Against Folly & Adultery
Proverbs truly is a phenomenal book of Wisdom! Each time I read it I am amazed at the endless Goldmine of “Spiritual Nuggets” it contains! The more you mine and extract its contents additional nuggets are revealed and begin to rise to the surface! It is known as a book of philosophical maxims done in poetic form on a plethora of subjects! Only God could inspire something so powerful and cavernously deep! What an interesting, brilliant, astute, perceptive, wise man was Solomon! What is so interesting is that although this was written during Solomon’s reign as King it is so applicable right now! There is so much folly and madness about us in this 21st century! One must continually seek the face of the Lord for direction.
Solomon starts out this Proverb discussing folly! Which simply means not having good sense; or being just plain foolish! The Bible shares some of Solomon’s detour s, his multiple wives and their idol worship. It was his polygamy that caused his dissent in the latter part of his reign. Solomon was told by a prophet of God that his kingdom would be split in two after his death into both; Israel and Judah, because of his involvement in idol worship… See I Kings 4 & II Chronicles 1 for details Solomon reigned for forty years! Today we can benefit from the wisdom of his many experiences!
Each Proverbs varies, some have multiple subjects! Here we find that God wants us to help others! It is so easy to get over extended … But we must learn to balance it all out! With everything that has gone on surrounding our US economy it is wise to tighten up a bit on unnecessary spending. We never know what will happen? Therefore it is wise to be frugal. We can see the global effect it has had. However for those who have unlimited wealth it is good to spend because this is actually what continues to stimulate and keep the economy afloat! Of course we need to spend too but we are strongly advised to balance out whatever we do. If you give, give, give at some point it is going to give out. The same is true if you spend, spend, spend… Learning to be better stewards is adamantly expressed; again balance is always key!
There is another marvelous illustration found here of the ant that is a must read! We are told that there is much we can learn by observing them! “Go to the ant you sluggard; consider her ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler. Yet it stores its provision in the summer and gathers its food in the harvest.” Well something as infinitesimally small as an ant is used here to teach us an invaluable and enormous life lesson! The resourceful ant plans and stores away for the difficult season when provisions are scarce. It is a natural process for them within their petite seemingly insignificant yet organized colony. They have a keen sense of order and work together in harmony to achieve much! Evidently it is noteworthy enough, that their wise preparations are recorded here in the Proverbs! Here we again find the necessity of balance! Oh my the things we tend to overlook!
~ Proverbial Lesson Highlights ~
Key Verse: “My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you wake, they will speak to you..
Balance is a constant theme throughout the Bible! In spite of all we do the Lord tells us that rest is important for good health, but not to the point one becomes a sluggard, unproductive, lackadaisical and carelessly lazy! There is always something we can find to do and be productive! We also want to encourage our children to be productive and continuously grow towards responsible independence! This renders less time for foolishness. When we raise them properly, when the difficult times come in life they are able to better weather the storms! It is always wise to keep in mind that “absolutely nothing” gets by the Lord! This is why it is so important to live before “An Audience of ONE!” This way you learn to reverentially fear God and not man! God will never lead you to do anything that goes against His WORD! Take some time and meditate on the following! Here in Proverbs we are quite candidly reminded of a few things the Lord abhors:
“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven are detestable to him:
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked schemes,
Feet that are quick to rush into evil,
A false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs dissension among the brothers.
More on the Perils of Adultery
Solomon continues to remind us of the numerous pitfalls of adultery! He expresses the importance of keeping away from the immoral woman: “Do Not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your life.”
There are again some very strong warnings about sex outside of marriage! Many believers as well as non believers today subscribe to once you become an adult it is okay to have sex if you are married or not with whoever regardless; basically what goes on in the bedroom is private. After all “we are not hurting anybody…” The truth is somebody always gets hurt eventually ... So many spouses are devastated, left vulnerable, with such low esteem they will do almost anything to have a companion. Including laying aside their values, to fill that deep void… When adultery takes place there needs to be a time for one to take time to heal, regroup and think about their path forward. That time for each individual is different… Adultery is the result of a much deeper issue. One is not able to remain committed to a monogamous relationship, they lack the ability to build a transparent, trusting intimate relationship with their spouse. It is so much easier to develop a surface relationship with someone who really does not know you? Someone who does not get to really see…
Have you ever noticed that when you are in the store or market nearing checkout, all the various magazines and headlines that are right there at eye level! The topics vary but there is always something there on “sex!” Who is going with who? Who is divorcing who? Or who is having so and so’s baby? These items are placed at the register so you can conveniently reach for them! They are there as your last minute “impulse” to buy items! Adultery fits right in there. You buy now and think later!
Our current culture has also seduced many into the pitfalls of adultery! There are many women as well as men who subscribe to dating those who are married. They want to have a physical relationship and are lonely, sometimes they just want someone to augment their finances but without the commitment of marriage! This also helps them to further justify not committing to marriage because they believe most people cheat? Not so! For whatever reason they are not able to fully trust, nor do they really desire to build a lasting relationship. Our culture has created an environment to make this acceptable. Therefore many remain comfortable in adultery... However the Word tells us that its spiritually and emotionally dangerous. Remember! Whatever you join yourself together with becomes a part of you!
Our society says: “go for it” The problem with this is, possible repeated episodes can cause one to fall into a “sexual addiction.” This is becoming all too familiar today! I think that Solomon in these Proverbs shares some invaluable TRUTHS! The Word says “each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor” I Thessalonians 4 If you do not subscribe to the principles in the Bible your beliefs may be quite different … But, IF you are a believer do you think it is your responsibility to uphold God’s standard of sexual integrity? If you have not it is never too late to start!
The Word of God was never meant to be something on the side. It is “ALIVE!” “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. For the WORD of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but ALL things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give and account…” Hebrews 4 The Word was designed and inspired so we could reap the wealth of its “spiritual benefits!” The people in the Bible are people just like we are… There are many great wonderful inspiring stories to help us make better life choices! Take some time and absorb what Solomon is saying here about Adultery there is a reason why “death by stoning was appropriate?” There are many casualties when a spouse commits adultery!
Proverbs 6 tells us Adultery is a disgrace and scars the soul. It also emotionally scars the spouse and children. Repentance is mandatory for any possible restoration of a healthy Marriage. God forgives but He never supports nor condones sin! God can restore you! There is POWER in the BLOOD of Jesus. "It cleanses us from all unrighteousness." Yes you can be renewed. It is important to learn to respect your marital vows. Know God wants us to have contented and fulfilling lives but remember adultery is like “fire out of the fireplace” it will burn your house down! Developing healthy boundaries in marriage is possible! I want to encourage you to make your marriage a priority. Continue to seek ways to enhance your relationship!
Proverbs 6 concludes by telling us: “But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself. Blows and disgrace are his lot. And his shame shall not be wiped away; for jealousy arouses a husband’s fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge. He will take compensation; he will refuse the bribe, however great it is.”
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