FRIDAY, JULY 12
“For she has cast down many wounded, And all who were slain by her were strong men. Her house is the way to hell, Descending to the chambers of death.”
Proverbs 7:26-27 ESV
AVOIDING MORAL FAILURE: AWARENESS OF THE DEFEATED
A couple of weeks ago I(Larry) took my kids back out to Dallas Landing to play at the lake. We set up our little tent, beach chairs and music and we were all set. It’s just like a vacation in Tahiti but different. While we were playing in the water my 7 year old, who is not a super strong swimmer, was getting a little too far away from me and a little too deep. I told him to come back closer to me and closer to shore. He then began to tell me how he could swim and it didn’t matter how deep it was. I asked him if he knew exactly how far he could go before the water would be over his head. He said that he did. Which unlike Tahiti, there’s no way anyone can see to the bottom of that lake and it reminded me that he still didn’t understand the potential dangers of drowning. So at that point he and I sat down on the beach and had a lecture on how he wasn’t ready to be trusted in the water because he wasn’t mature enough to understand the potential dangers of drowning.
In Proverbs 7 wisdom wants us to understand the potential dangers for anyone of us to fail morally. Proverbs 7:26-27 says many have failed and they all thought they were strong. I heard someone say years ago that Samson was the strongest man in the Bible, David was one of the godliest men in the Bible and Solomon was the wisest man in the Bible and they all failed morally. So unless you’re stronger than Samson, godlier than David and wiser than Solomon you could fail too. It’s this awareness that we could fail to that can help keep us away from moral failure.
According to Dr. Lana Staneli, author of a book on marital triangles, “Of those who break up their marriage to marry someone else, eighty percent are sorry later. Of those who do marry their lover, which is only about ten percent, about seventy percent of them get a divorce. Of that twenty-five to thirty percent that stay married, only half of them are happy. Having an affair is an invitation to an awful lot of pain and tragedy.” ( The Significance of God’s Laws in Everyday Life by Laura Schlessinger)
God loves us. And because God loves us, He hates anything that hurts us or those around us. If you have been cause or victim of marital unfaithfulness, Jesus loves you just as much as He did the day He died for you on the cross. God delights in mercy and healing. If you’ve never asked for forgiveness from God or those you hurt, ask God for forgiveness and ask Him how and when you should ask forgiveness from those you’ve hurt. If you’ve been hurt, ask God for healing and His heart of mercy. If you have never been affected by marital unfaithfulness thank God and continue to ask for God’s protection in your life and those you love.