A Proverbs A Day // Proverbs 6

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The 6th // Proverbs 6

In the sixth chapter in Proverbs, Solomon continues with his warning of the consequences of sin. This time, he addresses several types of specific sins and each consequence that follows. Like we talked about yesterday, it’s easy to just skim through these things  and think that just because you haven’t committed these sins that this chapter doesn’t apply to you, but let’s take a moment to consider what these sins REALLY are and how they rear their ugly heads. Knowing where and how these sins can manifest themselves can only strengthen our abilities to combat them and not fall into the temptations to commit them.

For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life.” –Proverbs 6:23

I want to come back to this verse at the end of this post, but I want you to focus on the word correction in it…

Helping a neighbor to sin // Those who do so will become trapped as a prisoner to your neighbor’s sinful ways. Once you start, you’ll be expected to continue. When you sin on behalf of a sinful friend, they now have something to hold over your head to make you continue on THEIR path of unrighteousness. [6:1-2]

Laziness // The man who doesn’t want to work, who is lazy and sleeps all day welcomes poverty and scarcity. Solomon urges us to welcome work and to work hard. He says to look at the ant and consider its ways. [6:6]

Trouble-making // Solomon address the troublemaker; the one who goes around town stirring up problems. I think of several of my teenage students with this portion of the chapter, but the reality is, that I think Solomon addresses far more than vandalism, gangs, frat parties and fighting… I think gossip is a part of this… spreading rumors and going from person to person to cause drama. This chapter addresses the sorority houses and high school girl’s locker rooms of the world. He says that those who’s intentions are not pure will always be met with disaster and nothing can be done to remedy their situation! [6:14-15]

Solomon goes on to list 7 things that God despises:

There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.” –Proverbs 6:16-19

Haughty Eyes // pride. That typical, teenage movement where the eyes roll far back into their heads to demonstrate that your opinion [your advice] is not necessary and that they know better. My stomach starts to hurt when I think of all the times I have subconsciously rolled my eyes at God because of my own pride. Haughty eyes… Sounds like God despises them as much as this high school teacher does… Want to see an example of the consequences of pride in a man’s life? Read the book of Esther. Poor, poor Haman…

A Lying Tongue // liars. No summary necessary.

Hands that Shed Innocent Blood // murderers. I feel like there’s no summary necessary here, except that murdering someone who you feel is justifiably GUILTY still falls into this category [sorry Dexter]. Although Solomon addresses the revenge of a husband who’s wife has been slept with later on in this chapter [6:34-35]… once again, still not justifiable. Murder is murder.

A Heart that Devises Wicked Schemes // from the terrorists who plan attacks, to the money-hungry executives who steal from their businesses, to the child molester who grooms their victims to the sorority girl who wants to make sure that other girl doesn’t make it into her house, to the group of high school boys who plan to jump that trash-talker after school, to the cyberbully who wants to ruin someones reputation to the kid in the classroom [and his mom] who plans their birthday party on the same day as the quiet one in their class. Just because your scheme doesn’t shed blood doesn’t mean it isn’t wicked. [Think Cady Herron and Janice Ian’s scheme to take down Regina George in Mean Girls].

Side Note… I love love love love Mean Girls. That movie is pure gold and I feel like Solomon could write a whole other book about it. I’d read it.

Feet that are Quick to Rush into Evil // I like to think of this as being quick to react, which Solomon brings up several times throughout the book of Proverbs. When you jump to conclusions and react quickly without pausing a moment to consider the consequences, you invite sin to take over… Stop. Breathe. Consider. Then decide how to act on it.

A False Witness who Pours out Lies // THIS IS HUGE. So many times sinful things are done in the name of Christianity, y’all. I’m not only talking about the big things, either… I’m also talking about the little things. Quick conclusions, judgmental glances… I don’t need to go on.

A Person who Stirs up Conflict in the Community // This is not limited to your school, your neighborhood or your child’s activity’s booster club… Your online community is fair game here, too. Those mean posts that call someone out on Facebook… Haughty Eyes. Why is it that we think it’s our job to tell someone exactly what is wrong with them publicly on facebook? Why do we want to come to the conclusion of who is right and who is wrong and make it known on social media? This sin, I believe, often times goes hand-in-hand with the pride that comes with “Haughty Eyes”.

Solomon ends with several verses on the exact thing that he just wrote an ENTIRE chapter about…

Adultry.

Think there’s a reason for that? Don’t go skipping over this too fast thinking it doesn’t apply to you… Yesterday, we talked about adultery in a different way. In case you missed chapter 5 and my take on adultery, you can read it here.

Solomon addresses the specific areas that adultery presents itself, from physically being with another man’s wife [or another woman’s husband], to lustfully look at and thinking about someone who is married! He even goes so far as to say that a prostitute will cost you a loaf of bread, but sleeping with a married man or woman will cost you your LIFE! [6:26]. No, I’m fairly certain that Solomon is not encouraging us to hire out prostitutes instead of committing adultery… yeah, no. He’s saying that this particular sin ruins more than your reputation, which he addresses too.

Solomon actually talks about how our society looks at different types of sin… He says that people understand why a hungry man will steal… they will have empathy on that man because he is desperate, but the man who commits adultery will be looked upon with disgrace and the shame will never be wiped away. [6:30-33] Dang.

The Remedy:

The only way that we can keep ourselves from falling into the sins mentioned above is through wisdom. Wisdom is seeking after the LORD and following His commands. Solomon says it’s as simple as that.

Life Application:

These past few chapters have been seriously convicting for me. In my own pride, I’ve often assumed that I know best and I’ve been guilty of many of the sins mentioned above [even the smallest one is still a sin]. Let’s come back to the first verse I mentioned in this post:

For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life.” –Proverbs 6:23

Correction. That’s the key word.

Our God is a god of forgiveness. Our God is a god of grace. Our God is a god of second, third, twentieth chances. You will never grow in wisdom with guilt hanging over you. Instead, remember that God wants us to correct our behaviors and find freedom in His grace! What a powerful truth!

Today, I’m praying that I take my conviction and turn it to correction, so that I can better live the life that God intended for me to live! Lord, forgive me for my sins and give me wisdom to correct them so that I may live this life as a testament to your goodness!

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