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WILL GOD JUST WINK?

The Proverbs offer us wisdom, and they have been available for a long time.  So why are we so flooded with media images of fornication without consequences?  Why do those who claim to be wise get caught in such horribly foolish traps?  God acts as your father by giving you wise counsel.  Hear him.

My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:  That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.  For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:  But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.  Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.  Proverbs 5:1-5

When our Father in heaven gives advice, we should listen.  A young man is warned about the invitation of a strange woman.  Sweet attractive words are inviting indeed, but an unfamiliar woman may hide the poison of death.  This one would share the fruit of Eden, the knowledge of evil and the blood of death.

Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.  Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.  Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:  Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:  Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;  Proverbs 5:6-10

To prevent you from considering wisdom this woman is elusive, changing position to keep her motives hidden.  She is a shifty witch.  So clean your ears and hear the warning of your protective father.  Chart a course far from the shoals of this siren and avoid her home and harbor.  Otherwise you will give up the respect of others and then endure years of grief.  What wealth was yours will become the property deeded to a stranger.

And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,  And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;  And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!  I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.  Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Proverbs 5:11-15

The man who is ensnared by the adulteress may be consumed by disease and divorce while wondering what he did wrong.  Aren’t we all taught this way by the harlot writers of Hollywood too?  Surely what “everyone” I doing won’t cause all this misery?  And yet the one who is so deceived is exposed before the entire congregation and the community.  The well of your neighbor is tainted with the poison of sin and death.

Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.  Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee.  Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.  Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.  And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?  Proverbs 5:16-20

Your rivers of conception would better flow onto the ground than to be mixed with the flood of sin in the world.  Preserve only the image of your own wife, and find your passion in the familiarity of your own partner.  Do not let your eyes lead you to an unfamiliar trap.

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.  His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.  He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.  Proverbs 5:21-23

If we believe in God we must know that he knows all about us.  Does God watch without caring what we do?  Will there never be a price to pay?  We know that the fire burns even if God was not watching us, and he knows when we will feel the burn.  This is the fire that burns the house down, and the foolish man with it.

Do we see men taking risks today?  Fiction and news both portray the glamour of sin, but reality still leads to the pain of it.  How many elected officials have gone down this way?  And how many Christians voted believing that the candidate was one of us?

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