Bible Reading: Proverbs 7.6-23
For at the window of my house
I looked out through my lattice,
And I saw among the naive,
And discerned among the youths
A young man lacking sense,
Passing through the street near her corner;
And he takes the way to her house,
In the twilight, in the evening,
In the middle of the night and in the darkness.
And behold, a woman comes to meet him,
Dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart.
She is boisterous and rebellious,
Her feet do not remain at home;
She is now in the streets, now in the squares,
And lurks by every corner.
So she seizes him and kisses him
And with a brazen face she says to him:
“I was due to offer peace offerings;
Today I have paid my vows.
“Therefore I have come out to meet you,
To seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you.
“I have spread my couch with coverings,
With colored linens of Egypt.
“I have sprinkled my bed
With myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
“Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning;
Let us delight ourselves with caresses.
“For my husband is not at home,
He has gone on a long journey;
He has taken a bag of money with him,
At the full moon he will come home.”
With her many persuasions she entices him;
With her flattering lips she seduces him.
Suddenly he follows her
As an ox goes to the slaughter,
Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,
Until an arrow pierces through his liver;
As a bird hastens to the snare,
So he does not know that it will cost him his life. Proverbs 7.6-23
The picture in today’s passage is of a man walking where he shouldn’t and committing adultery in the pursuit of temporary pleasure. It makes me think of the wildlife show where we see a young gazelle that has wondered away from the herd into lion territory to his doom. As I watch, I want the animal to turn back to safety, but it’s too late.
Jesus was tempted when he was physically and emotionally drained, having spent 40 days in the desert. I find that I am most tempted sexually when I am not putting first things first. First things include:
- being in the Word and praying daily about my temptation
- being fully transparent with a brother about my temptations and seeking his prayer and accountability
- maintaining margin in my relationships with women
I’ve learned that just as it was in Genesis 3, temptations in my life are rooted in my own pride and that when I regularly reflect on God’s holiness and my inadequacy to will my way to holiness on my own - God puts my heart in the right place.
When I invite sexual sin into my life, it threatens my marriage and my family and it causes those around me to rightly question what’s truly important to me and whether I can be trusted (1 Corinthians 6:18-20). It also separates me from the intimacy with my Father and the blessings of living in His will (James 1:12-15).
God has given us the prescription for fighting all temptation, but we must set aside our pride long enough to take it or we’ll continue to suffer. If you have sexual sin in your past - there is a grace for that (1 John 1:9). If you are tempted sexually today remember the consequences of sexual sin permeate every aspect of your spiritual and relationship health. Do not trifle with sexual temptation - fight it God’s way.
Memory Verse: For wisdom is better than jewels; and all desirable things cannot compare with her. Proverbs 8.11