05 May A Proverbs A Day // Proverbs 5
The 5th // Proverbs 5
Today’s chapter warns us of the dangers associated with something that we all would probably rather not talk about… Adultery.
Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well. –Proverbs 5:15
Now that we’re a few chapters into Proverbs, Solomon begins warning us of the dangers of sin, and he starts with adultery. Any good person would read this and yell out, “Of course you shouldn’t cheat on your spouse or come in between a marriage! That’s just wrong!” Many will read this chapter and give themselves a pat on the back thinking, “This doesn’t apply to me…”
But what if we took it a step farther… What about the spiritual marriage between you and God? What if Solomon warns us of the temptations of sin by personifying them into an adulterous woman?
For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.” –Proverbs 5:3-5
Temptation rears its ugly head in many forms. In the moment, we fall victim to what we think will be sweat, just like that adulterous woman’s lips… Solomon warns that these temptations lead to demise, and a fool will walk straight to his grave [5:5]. When we fall into temptation, we unknowingly walk a path into darkness. [5:6] It is because we know the LORD and in seek Him we gain knowledge that we don’t fall victim to the grasp of temptation.
When we sin, we invite Satan to come in between our relationship with Christ. When we encourage others to sin, we come in between their relationship with Christ. I would never want someone to come in between F and me and harm our marriage, but so often I allow the adulterous woman of temptation and sin come in between me and God.
Yes, this chapter DOES apply to me.
Solomon ends the chapter with encouraging words… He talks about the marriage of the faithful. He talks about how their marriage will be blessed and how the faithful can fully delight in the love of their youth [5:18]. This is what I want my relationship with F and with God to look like…
Thankfully, Christ came long after this book was written and died to allow me to have this kind of relationship with God, even though I have sinned. His mercies are unending and His love and grace give me hope. I know that I have sinned and I probably will sin again, but I want to try my best to follow His ways because to be apart from Him is, to me, choosing a scary, dark and sad world.
Chapter 5 Application:
Today, I am convicted. When I consider sinning as a form of adultery, it hurts me to think I’ve committed an act that separates me from Christ in this way. Today, I am so thankful for the gift of Christ Jesus and the grace I’m extended through Him. I pray for forgiveness, I pray with thanksgiving and I walk this path with joy because of it.