Proverbs 5

Proverbs 5 contains much warning about the disaster that happens if we don’t listen to wisdom and understanding.  Destruction will happen.  “My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge”.  Solomon shares wisdom from his personal experience.  We need to treat God’s Word as our source of wisdom and understanding.  It provides a way to stay on track and live God’s way rather than be pulled aside into the weeds.

The chapter focuses on the subject of sexual impurity and how to avoid this powerful and deceptive sin.  Solomon repeatedly is seeking our attention as men because he knows full well the power of sexual sin. “And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth”.  Solomon’s repeats his call to hear what he is saying and to obey it without exception.  If we don’t we’ll get to the end of life and “groan”.  This is a warning to avoid one of the threats to our soul.

We are warned not to fall to the pull of sexual sin where we will end falling to sin.  Unfortunately, many will say “How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof! I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors”.  Solomon makes it clear what the outcome will be if we insist on our own way and doing our own thing.  But the lure of sex causes us to walk contrary to his guidance.  We can’t blame anyone else for our choices.  When we fail to listen to God’s direction and disregard His instruction – we’ll pay a price.

We won’t get a pass on this sin, or any sin for that matter.  “For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths. The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray”.  God is watching our every step.  We won’t escape that scrutiny.  The dark does not hide anything from God.  Once we fall into the grasp of sin, it holds us.  We’ll face God’s questioning and ultimately punishment for our sinful choices.  Only Jesus can set us free from that penalty!


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