Archive for November 13th, 2018

Proverbs 5:8-11

In Proverbs 5:8-11 Solomon continues with his warnings about staying away from the woman who might lead one into adultery. “Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house, lest you give your honor to others and your years to the merciless, lest strangers take their fill of your strength, and your labors go to the house of a foreigner, and at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed”. Solomon didn’t advise his son to stay in the immoral woman’s presence and test his ability to resist her seductions. The best defense was distance, to not even allow the temptation to test us.

Sexual sin has a power that many find extremely hard to resist.  We need to flee and go far from the physical temptation, and also guard our heart and mind. We must put away the pornography and other enticements that are common to our day and work for a mind set on things above.  If we don’t push off the temptations, we’re bound to struggle to resist. Solomon lists a number of things that result from falling to sexual temptation.  First we ‘give your honor to others”.   Weirsbe describes it this way: ‘People who commit sexual sins think their problems are solved and that life will get better and better. But disobedience to God’s laws always brings sad consequences and sinners eventually pay dearly for their brief moments of pleasure’.

Solomon also tells us we give ‘your years to the merciless’. Adultery and sexual immorality ruins lives. No matter what the world tells us – there is no such thing as sex without any impact.  It will cause damage if we don’t experience it God’s way.  Solomon goes on to say ‘lest strangers take their fill of your strength’.  There is a price to pay for violating God’s ways.  Sexual immorality today may not lead to slavery, but it still leads to alimony, child support, broken homes, hurt, jealousy, lonely people, and venereal disease.  When we choose to violate God’s design for healthy sex in the context of a marriage, we are setting ourselves up to lose much.

He continues to tell us ‘your labors go to the house of a foreigner”.  There is a price that is paid when we choose sex the wrong way.  It will cause us deep pain.  “Tt the end of your life you groan”.  The world tells us there is no price, but the truth is that any time we violate God’s laws and purpose, there is a significant price.  Sin always takes us further than we want to go, keeps us longer than we want to stay, and costs us more than we want to pay.  In the end, sexual sin carries a heavy price.  Solomon tells us “your flesh and body are consumed”.  Sexual immorality leads to disease and the breakdown of health. The stress of living a double, deceptive life is enough to take away one’s health. Solomon’s wisdom, and experience, should deter us making the choice to follow the path to sexual immorality!

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