Skip to main content

Proverbs 7 by Doug

I read this, and I can't help but wonder just how many people the father had seen fall to adultery.  You can hear the pain in his voice, the pleading.  "DON'T DO THIS!" is so blatantly spelled out here, can you imagine the son falling?  Yet he might have.  Why?  Why do we fall into sin when we know its dangers? 

It's time.  That we have to see things in the scope of time weighs us down and keeps us  from really seeing things.  We see the immediate consequences so clearly, and the long-term ones get fuzzy.  The eternal scope is often completely lost on us. 

Take adultery for an example.  Rod Loy, pastor of First Assembly of God in North Little Rock, Arkansas, used the acronym HALT in reference to fighting temptation.  He pointed out that temptation comes when we are:





When those feelings are affecting us, we tend to look for the immediate solution to them.  We choose to eat wherever, we do what we need to given with the cause of our anger.  We want to alleviate loneliness.  We just don't want to feel tired, and the tiredness clouds our judgment.

How to fight it?  First of all, like the speaker here is trying to help his son fight it.  We fight by considering the consequences before the decisions present themselves.  We move our decision process back from the immediate, and consider the long-term consequences.  Honestly list out for yourself what would happen if you chose a certain path.

Second, and this is also important, look at Proverbs 7:25 (NLT) : the warning is here to avoid putting yourself in the position that the temptation comes.  If you're an alcoholic striving to recover, avoid hanging out in bars, where the temptation is stronger.  If you're tempted to be unfaithful to your spouse, avoid traveling alone as much as possible (and avoid traveling with someone you're tempted by!).  If money is a temptation, establish controls.

This is what the writer of Proverbs 7 is calling out for his son to watch for, to avoid.  Don't let it happen to you, he pleads.  May we all heed his warning.


Popular posts from this blog

Book Review: The Heart Mender by @andyandrews (Andy Andrews)

The Heart Mender: A Story of Second ChancesEver read a book that you just kind of wish is true?  That's my take on The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews.  It's a charming story of love and forgiveness, and it's woven into the historical setting of World War II America.  For the narrative alone, the book is worth the read, but the message it contains is well worth absorbing as well.However, let's drop back a minute.  This book was originally published under the title Island of Saints.  I read Island of Saints and enjoyed it greatly.  Now, Andrews has released it under a new title, with a few minor changes.  All of this is explained in the Author's Note at the beginning, but should be noted for purchaser's sake.  If you read Island of Saints, you're rereading when you read The Heart Mender.  Now, go ahead and reread it.  It will not hurt you one bit.Overall, the story is well-paced.  There are points where I'd like more detail, both in the history and the geog…

Book: The Gospel Call and True Conversion

A quick note: This book, The Gospel Call and True Conversion, is currently available on Kindle for $4.99. This is the second in a series of 3, and the first, The Gospel’s Power and Message, is available for $2.99.The Gospel Call and True Conversion. The title of this book alone sounds intimidating, and adding that it’s written by one of the heavyweights of American Reformed Christianity, Paul Washer, does not lessen the intimidation factor. Washer is known to be a straightforward preacher—for good or for ill.What did I find in The Gospel call and True Conversion? I found some things to like:1. Paul Washer is passionate for the truth. He wants to know the truth. He wants to proclaim the truth. He wants the truth heard. He wants you to know the truth. This is good. It is good to see someone not try to base theology on popularity or as a response to modern events, but to base it clearly on truth. 2. There is a strong emphasis on the reality that true conversion (from the title) will resu…

Sermon Recap for July 29 (and 22)

Good Morning!Here is what you'll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You'll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each sermon.If you'd like, you can subscribe to the audio feed here: for iTunes users. Other audio feeds go here: video is linked on my personal Youtube Page here: are stockpiled here:!July 29 AM: (Audio)
July 29 PM: (Audio)
July 22 AM: (Audio)July 22 PM: (Audio)