People sometimes say why read the Bible? How is it even relevant for the challenges I face today? I’m here to tell you it is absolutely relevant! The Bible reveals to us who God is and demonstrates his goodness in every chapter and book, it’s also meant to guide us, protect us, and preserve our relationships. Today I was reading Proverbs 5 (see below). We all know God blesses marriage and places a high value on the protection of that relationship. After all, it is the one that most resembles the relationship with can have with Christ. In the example below, God stresses the importance of the man staying away from the adulterous woman. I realize some of things we read we might be tempted to think “duh! I know better “but when we look more carefully, we see we are being warned about, not only WHO to look our for, but also WHAT she does. The WHAT is the warning that the way she speaks is a trap… dripping honey smoother than oil, and dangerous as a double edge sword. Her words are seducing and the result is death… not to the woman, she staggers on unaware, but to the one she is seducing. One commentator said what seems attractive at first becomes bitter and sharp later. Temptation becomes a trap that destroys the life one is trying to build. It’s wisdom that protects a man from such a woman. The wisdom found in God’s word. It protects your heart, and guides you away from the destruction a relationship with such a woman brings. God’s wisdom is the silent alarm in your soul, the still small voice in your head that says BE CAREFUL WHO YOU LET IN – GO THE OTHER WAY – STAY BACK – STAY AWAY – DON’T GO NEAR HER. The more we read the Bible, the more clear his direction becomes, and the easier it is to recognize the trap the enemy is trying to set. And by the way, the lessons apply whether you are a man or a woman. This lesson is obvious, but the reality is the more we understand the big “duh I know better lessons”, the more we will be able to recognize and discern the subtle traps the enemy sets to trip us up. Is the Bible relevant for today – you bet it is.
Proverbs 5:1–8 (NLT) Avoid Immoral Women
1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen carefully to my wise counsel. 2 Then you will show discernment, and your lips will express what you’ve learned. 3 For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil. 4 But in the end she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. 6 For she cares nothing about the path to life. She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t realize it. 7 So now, my sons, listen to me. Never stray from what I am about to say: 8 Stay away from her! Don’t go near the door of her house.