Proverbs 7:6-15

Proverbs 7:6-15 has Solomon recalling a story of a young lad he watched through his window.  The kid was simple – not stupid but inexperienced and gullible. He has all the passions, energy, and overconfidence of youth, and none of the wisdom the decades can bring. “For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice, and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness”.

All of us wrestle with the battle around sexual purity.  But as a young man, Solomon gives special attention to his struggle.  Young men struggle according to Guzik because of:

  • Youthful energy and a sense of carelessness.
  • The lack of life wisdom.
  • The desire for and gaining of independence.
  • Physical and sexual maturity that may run ahead of spiritual and moral maturity.
  • Money and the freedom that it brings.
  • Young women who may – knowingly or unknowingly – encourage moral impurity.
  • The spirit of the age that both expects and promotes moral uncleanness for young men.
  • The desire to be accepted by peers who face the same challenges.

The world tells us, “Have your good time when you are young; get it all out of your system. When you are older you can settle down and be religious and proper.” That’s not God’s way – which is to protect our sexual morality and save it for His ordained plan in a committed marriage.

This young lad makes a big mistake – the choice to take the road to her house.  It was under the cover of darkness, but God sees through all that.  We can’t ever hide our sin.  It will be placed in the light and we’ll have to account for it some day.  And as you might expect, his bad decision leads to a fateful meeting. “And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart. She is loud and wayward; her feet do not stay at home; now in the street, now in the market, and at every corner she lies in wait”. She doesn’t wait for him to get there, she runs to meet him.  That’s how sin works.  It greets us early and often to help us fall. Quickly.

She first pours on the visual approach, holding nothing back but rather doing all she can to make herself appealing.  She gets his attention further with her loud voice and aggressive coming upon him, meeting him as soon as she sees him.  She then makes the connection physical, drawing him into her web. “She seizes him and kisses him, and with bold face she says to him, “I had to offer sacrifices, and today I have paid my vows; so now I have come out to meet you, to seek you eagerly, and I have found you”. The sexually immoral person shows a sense of defiance and self righteousness.  They want instant gratification and insist on their own way.

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