Posted by: Larry Hoekman | February 16, 2016

Proverbs — Proverbs 7:1-12

Day 2282:  Hi!  On to Proverbs 7, which continues the theme of wisdom personified.

Scripture:  I must not merely read God’s words, but I should treat them like my most precious possession and obey them and live.  I need to tie them on my fingers and write them down as if on tablets in my heart.  Wisdom should be like a sister to me, and understanding as a member of my family.  They will hold me back from having an affair or getting caught up in the flattery of a seductress.  Wisdom personified warns me through the following illustration.  Looking out through the latticework in its window, wisdom discerns among the naïve a young man who lacks common sense.  He walks down the street near the house of an immoral woman at twilight, as the day is fading and as the dark of the night is setting in.  The woman approaches him dressed like a prostitute filled with cunning words.  She is loud and rebellious; the kind that never stays at home.  She lurks in the streets and busy places, and she waits at every corner.  Proverbs 7:1-12

Thoughts/questions:  While encouraging us to hold fast to the teachings of wisdom, the last few verses, written years before Jesus’ birth, could easily be descriptive of internet pornography:  he walks near her house – the internet, which is so near to us every day; dark of night – privacy as we sit alone at the computer; the seductive woman approaches him – the knowledge that ‘she’ is only a few clicks away; cunning words – rationalization for porn; loud and rebellious – a woman not like our normal encounters; never at home – porn is available 24/7; lurking everywhere – porn sites are everywhere.

Internet porn is a reality in men and women AND within the Christian community for laymen and pastors.  Statistics continually validate this sad fact. Proverbs definitely speaks to us today – are we listening?

Suggested prayer:  Almighty God, help me to stay away from all forms of pornography . . .

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