Sunday, February 2, 2020

February 2 - 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 chapter is a warning against falling into temptations that lead to adultery.
  • The “he’s” and “she’s” in today's reading could easily be reversed. It is, obviously, 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. People often know someone is “open” to the act before the act occurs. Here the father is saying that if you sense that kind of connection, run 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 "the brink of ruin." How many of the people we know who go through adultery end up here?
  • 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. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • No matter where you are in life, God loves and 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 (great!) within the covenant of marriage. When we start sleeping around, it quickly creates emotional pain.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • If you're not married: do you have boundaries and accountability in place to make sure you avoid traps that can lead to adultery? If not, a great place to start is to reach out to a trusted friend of the same gender and ask them to hold you accountable.
  • If you are married: do you have clear boundaries that will help prevent even getting close to having sex with someone other than the person you're married to? Ask your spouse if they feel any of these boundaries need to be clarified or developed.