Sunday, February 6, 2011

Proverbs 6

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 6. 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?)
  • The writer of this proverb warns against getting into debt and warns against laziness. 
  • The end of this proverb is warnings again against having sex outside of marriage. It can start to sound like a broken record but if we are honest with ourselves we know how destructive this can be for our lives.
  • The interesting thing to me is the middle (verses 16-19). We are told what the author perceives that the Lord hates. “Hate” is a strong word and if God hates something we should take note. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • We all understand the pain of being in debt at some time in our lives and can see how if we lived by this principle of not getting into debt and working a little harder we could have a little less stress. I also think that most of us can admit that the emotional baggage that sleeping around carries can be severe. God doesn’t want to take away your fun but he does give sex to be enjoyed only within marriage to prevent some of that pain. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • As far as the seven things we are told God detests; can you see how if we lived a life that is about “loving God and loving people” we would easily avoid them?