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Bible Reading: Proverbs 7.1-5

My son, keep my words And treasure my commandments within you. 2 Keep my commandments and live, And my teaching as the apple of your eye. 3 Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding your intimate friend; 5 That they may keep you from an adulteress, From the foreigner who flatters with her words. Proverbs 7:1-5

The warning against the adulteress… This is another passage among many in the Bible that we are once again reminded to guard ourselves against the lusts of the flesh and temptations of this world. If someone mentions the name Samson, we all have that picture of a huge body-builder pushing down the columns and crushing everyone inside. What we need to be reminded of is how he got in that position to begin with. Samson, like all of us, was tempted and despite all of his physical strength was unable to resist temptation on his own. This is just one example in the Bible we are given, there are many others such as David and Bathsheba where we see what giving in to temptation can do to all of us.

Great, so if Samson, the strongest man in the Bible, and David, a warrior king, couldn’t resist temptation, what hope do we have? The answer is not much if we try and do it on our own. The solution is to look at Jesus, Son of the living God and follow his example. When God sent his one and only Son Jesus in the flesh to live on this earth he was tempted just as you and I are tempted. His solution was to rely on God’s word to resist the temptation. As the passages reminds us to hold dear Christ’s teachings, write it on our hearts, bind it to our fingers and keep it as the apple of our eye.

So besides not falling prey to the adulteress, which leads to death and destruction, what’s the upside of resisting temptation, only a temporary satisfaction of our flesh? In verse 2 it clearly states the reward is life! An abundant life experienced to its fullest. A life with purpose and meaning! And greatest of all, a personal relationship with Christ Jesus! What better life on this earth could there be?

As a final thought, if you are not already, I would urge you to get into a relationship with other believers that will hold you accountable. The allure of the adulteress is strong, but with His help we are stronger together.

Memory Verse: For wisdom is better than jewels; and all desirable things cannot compare with her. Proverbs 8.11