When the Bible repeats itself, we should really pay attention. By repeating the same lesson in a slightly different way, God is saying that a particular message He has for us is really important. For today, Proverbs 7 is a repeat of Proverbs 5 – a strong warning and plea for believers to avoid immoral women (and men). A second theme of both chapters is the idea that avoiding temptation begins by loving God and His Word. The battle for purity is fought and won in the heart and mind. By meditating on God’s Word and letting it shape your thoughts and desires, you then prepare yourselves to resist the lure of bad girls and guys when you meet them. Joseph had a strong relationship with God since his youth that gave him the strength to run from Potiphar’s wife. Are you building that kind of close walk with Christ right now?
Inside all Christians are two dogs – the old sinful nature and the new Christ nature. We must starve the old dog by avoiding sinful influences, most of which come through our electronic rectangles and our relationships with nonChristians. When Proverbs was written, people did not have televisions, smartphones, and tablets. The garbage that streams forth on most Netflix, Amazon, and cable shows into our lives did not bombard them. Boys and girls did not even go to school together. People dressed and acted way more modestly. And yet Solomon still had to warn young men (and women) to avoid the trap of adultery. How much more in our evil society today must mature Christian men and women warn young adults about the dangers of immorality? We must encourage one another to starve the old dog by being careful with our viewing habits and friendship choices. And we must feed the new dog by seriously reading our Bibles and letting God speak truth into our souls. The Word of God is living and active and powerful to transform us. The Scriptures can direct our prayers and strengthen healthy spiritual relationships with other believers. But to be doers of the Word, we must first be readers and hearers of it. To avoid the path of death, we must consciously choose and strive each day to walk the path of life.
So about you? Which dog will you feed this summer?
The Text (Proverbs 7:1-9)
1 My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding your nearest kin,
5 That they may keep you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words.
6 For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice,
7 And saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, A young man devoid of understanding,
8 Passing along the street near her corner; And he took the path to her house
9 In the twilight, in the evening, In the black and dark night.
Questions to Think About
- How much time do you spend streaming shows versus reading, thinking, and talking about God’s Word?
- Do you need to make some changes in your viewing habits to strengthen your relationship with God? Can your parents or other mature believers help you to make the changes that might need to be made?
- Are most of your friends strong and growing Christians or not? How can you spend more time this summer with believers who will encourage you in your walk with Christ?