Thursday, January 5, 2012

Wisdom for the new year - Proverbs 5

Proverbs 5 (ESV)
1 My son, be attentive to my wisdom;

incline your ear to my understanding,

2  that you may keep discretion,

and your lips may guard knowledge.

3  For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey,

and her speech is smoother than oil,

4  but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,

sharp as a two-edged sword.

Wisdom is not just looking at the here and now, but focusing on the
future outcomes of today's actions. Perhaps a casual conversation
today may blossom into both parties being involved in an inappropriate
relationship for married people. We need to place boundaries on our
lives that preclude intimate conversations from happening with members
of the opposite sex that we are not married to.

The law of sin's diminishing returns is epitomized by the adulterous
relationship. In the time of Solomon's writing, honey was the sweetest
food available and that is how the relationship would start, but soon
bitterness of mistrust develops and cuts both people into pieces. How
can someone who someone cheats with ever be trusted not to do the same
with someone else?

Maybe you don't struggle with inapropriate relationships with members
of the opposite sex, but there is application in these verse to new a
new job or career. There are may even be applications to our stuff.
Who doesn't want the new technological gizmo, but last years next big
thing is probably already in the trash bin.

The Bible is full of practical information, take time to read it today.

Loving the Word,

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