MONDAY, JULY 8
“Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding your nearest kin,
That they may keep you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words.”
Proverbs 7:4-5 ESV
AVOIDING MORAL FAILURE: TREAT WISDOM LIKE FAMILY
Here is some advice and instructions taken from actual military sources. Some of these guys must have had a sense of humor. “When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend.” –U.S. Marine Corps “Cluster bombing from B-52s is very, very accurate. The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the ground.” –USAF Ammo Troop “Never tell the platoon sergeant you have nothing to do.” –Unknown Marine Recruit “Aim towards the enemy.” –Instruction printed on U.S. Rocket Launcher
Proverbs 7 compares wisdom and understanding to a family member trying to give us advice in order to prevent bombs of adultery from exploding in our marriages and families. Our family members should have the desire to give us good advice – for they love us and do not want to see us injured. Their advice and love for us should keep us on the straight and narrow road. Therefore, Proverbs teaches us to call wisdom our sister and understanding our closest relative.
The author of Proverbs is King Solomon. The start of his parents relationship was an adulterous relationship that led to more lies, deception and eventually murder. His father was King David and although David was forgiven by God, 2 Samuel 12:10 tells us the sword never departed from David’s household. The consequences of David’s affair led to a lifetime of conflict in the life of his family.
If we want to avoid the destruction that comes with affairs we have to nurture our relationship with wisdom. And wisdom will lovingly lead us to stay away from anyone who would tempt us to have an affair. This week we will dig deeper into some of the principles from Proverbs 7 as it relates to all temptation. But for today, list some of the biblical and practical reasons you can think of for avoiding any temptation in your life. How do nurture your relationships with some of your closest relatives? How can you translate the way you nurture those relationships into how you nurture your relationship with wisdom?