God’s wisdom is more precious than silver, cost more than gold, and has more beauty than diamonds. That is why we should desire God’s gift of wisdom and pay attention when it is available to us.
There was a rock song in the late 60’s or early 70’s that warned that many young men had been ruined by going to the house of the rising son. The writers borrowed the idea if not the line itself from these verses. Having an affair on going to a prostitute can only lead to run. Caution. Stay away!
Today’s post is late because I got up early to be on W4 Country radio with Bubba to talk about the HART program. Today’s reading is the reminder to pay attention to your parents advice to stay out of trouble. Wisdom put into practice can make a big difference in our lives.
We think we live in a time when anything goes. Sexual morality has been forgotten. This is nothing new. Proverbs calls the man who commits adultery with a married woman a fool. It is foolish to think that a few minutes of sexual pleasure with someone other than your spouse won’t be costly. It is also foolish to think that God cannot or will not forgive sexual sins.
If you plAy with fire you will get burned. If you “fool around” with another person’s spouse you will get burned too. It never turns out the way people hope. Close relationships, especially marriages and families, are important to God and to us. So God wants to protect them. He doesn’t want us to get burned by fooling around.
These proverbs tell us to pay attention to the wise advice of your parents. That means that parents need to give good advice and model a good life. Failing to listen to the advice of good parents can be costly.
God hates sin but loves people who sin. That is why he warns us about the dangers of sin. In these few versus God warns us about seven things He cannot stand including lying, deception and being a trouble maker in the family. Don’t do these things.
The wicket, worthless person plots evil and stirs up trouble. He will be busted for doing those things. The wise person doesn’t do those things. Don’t be that kind of person. Instead be the peacemaker, the problem solver, the helping hand.
Some people make work to important. Others are lazy and don’t work or don’t work enough. God gives us strength and ability to work to support ourselves and to help others. So we should get to work doing what is right. We can’t let work become all consuming. And we can’t become lazy and not work. The wise person finds the right balance.
It is one thing to help someone in need. We should do that when we can. Its another thing to own someone else’s problem or to take on their debt. Proverbs says don’t do it. It doesn’t work. It only causes problems. Stay away from that dangerous arrangement.