THINK BEFORE YOU ACT
How many attractive invitations lead to poverty, injury, disease, and death? The answer is every one that goes against the word of God, this well charted safe course. Just helping a foolish friend, being lazy, rebellious, or lusty can kill you. Read the map that steers you clear of the rocky shoals that destroy lives.
My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler. Proverbs 6:1-5
So a loan agent wants you to vouch for your friend? If you cosign his loan you are promising your money to the lender if your friend is a fool. When you wake up you realize that you are in a trap that can cost you dearly. So go save yourself by making sure that your friend is a friend indeed. Make yourself a friend for sure if you have made yourself a friend for surety. You have to be a counselor and encourager to keep your friend on his mission to pay his debt. This writer has been a cosigner when a friendship was cooling off, but this was a good friend who met the obligation. For some people this situation could be a time of fear indeed!
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: Proverbs 6:6-10
The instinct of the ants gives them a complete economy with agriculture and construction. So what kind of a brain lets the lazy man neglect his own life? If you oversleep your work call you must have smaller brains than the insects! Oh but just push the “snooze” button and roll under those nice warm blankets a little longer. Your boss will understand…not!
So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man. A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.: Proverbs 6:11-15
To the sleepy morning there will come poverty like a cloud that moves over your life. It travels over you and it destroys your wealth like a tornado, or a thief with a loaded gun. Oh you can make excuses to your boss, and you can lie to your loved ones while you are sinking into poverty. This person can allow sin to ruin his life and the lives of those around him too. Because the weight of damage mounts quickly his fall will not be gradual. The speed of his fall will not let him grab a branch on his way to destruction.
These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:: Proverbs 6:16-20
God loves his people, but not all of their deeds. The deeds can change the relationship. God Hates. These things lead to death:
- A PROUD LOOK
- A LYING TONGUE
- EVIL IMAGINATION
- HABITUAL SIN
- FALSE ACCUSERS
God is our father, and wisdom a mother. The commandments and law of God and wisdom must be our single focus and aim in life. Do not leave the path of life.
Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. Proverbs 6:21-25
No, you don’t need to carry a box of scriptures tied around your neck. But tie your life around the wisdom of the word of God. Bring the wisdom of the bible into your core beliefs and live by them every day. The commandments and laws are part of this bible, which is known as the word of God. This light reveals the danger in the night. It reveals the black widow spider and the diseased crack whores that entice us. The cover of that book conceals the knowledge of sin and death. John also called Jesus the word of God. Let the son of God live in you through this guide.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:1-4
Even as a whore leads us to death a false God is a temptation painted to appear beautiful. These lead us away from that saving light and provoke the jealousy and wrath of God. The worst perversions of life are let into our lives first by abandoning God. Then no form of lust seems to be off limits.
For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; Proverbs 6:26-30
Whores will lead you to poverty, but an adulterous woman may cost you your life. If you play with fire you will get burned. Is God unfeeling to warn you that the stove is hot? You will not escape wrath if you steal your neighbor’s wife or husband. Any other kind of thief may find mercy if he steals only to eat. But this crime should expect wrath.
But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts. Proverbs 6:31-35
He that stole to eat may repay sevenfold. But this one who steals for lust is ignorant of how it destroys his soul and his life. Not only is he found in a repulsive crime, but he is burned down to his soul. The thief can repay his crime, but the cheating lover will find no mercy. There is no bribe or balm that can repair an offense against both man and God.