Sunday, January 30, 2011

Proverbs 5

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 5. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This is a letter from a father to his sons but it applies to us all.
  • It should be said that the “he’s” and “she’s” can easily be reversed. It is certainly not only a woman that seduces a man into adultery.
  • Notice that the father does not find it enough to simply say “do not sleep around” but instead gives clear steps to prevent getting close to the act. He tells his sons to avoid even going near someone who they know is willing to commit adultery. Let’s face it, people most often know someone is “open” to the act before the act occurs. So the father is saying once you feel that connection to turn away, and fast!
  • Then the father paints a clear scenario of what life will look like if his sons ignore his pleas to keep sex within a marriage. The end result is “you will groan . . . I have come to the brink of utter ruin . . .” How many of the people do we know who go through adultery end up here? In my experience, every one of them. I have yet to meet anyone who does not eventually get to the point of wishing they had not gone through with it. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The father admonishes his child to rejoice in the spouse of their youth. This really is the plan God has for us, to carefully consider your mate and then stay together and enjoy each other for life. 
  • Let’s face it, adultery is a too common of an occurrence today. However, no matter where you are in life God loves, forgives, and wants to have a relationship with you. If you have been involved in or hurt by adultery in some form in the past seek God and move forward in his grace. God’s desire for everyone who gets married is a fully satisfying relationship for both parties. God clearly says sex is good within the covenant of marriage. When we start sleeping around it brings with it a lot of emotional pain very quickly. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you have clear boundaries that will help prevent even getting close to having sex with someone other than your spouse? If not what are some boundaries you need to establish? Is there one person in your life that it could possibly happen with? If so, what are you going to do to ensure you do not end up “on the brink of utter ruin?”
  • Also, just so you know, the Bible talks about singles and says it is good to be single. Do not believe that everyone must get married. Some people are perfectly fine being single and the Bible says that’s ok, even preferred in some instances.

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