Genesis 50:1-Exodus 2:10.
Prov. 5:1-6. My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: That thou mayest regard Discretion, and that thy life may keep knowledge. For the lies of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood and sharp as a two-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death: Her steps take hold of hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
Good Friday morning. It is a very cold wintry day but we are blessed to be warm and encouraged by God’s Word and truth. Solomon wrote the Proverbs with a young man in mind. From reading the Proverbs it's clear Solomon was wanting to convey that wisdom of life that we gain with experience and years and give it to a young man with hope he would use it to not fall into the same mistakes. We all come to that point where we look back and say, if I had only not made that decision but had gone the other path how much better it would have been. Thankfully the LORD leads us on and though we may make our own mistakes and choices that are not as favorable, He is sure to uphold us on the way.
This does not give the excuse that we can’t learn from mistakes and the wisdom of others. We should strive each day to learn and apply God’s wisdom to our lives as it has more benefits than we can imagine.
In this Proverb, the young man is encouraged to give attention to His wisdom and not to fall for the enticements of the strange woman. There are many analogies in this depiction that are beneficial for us today in our lives. The church is often described as the bride of Christ and therefore has special reverence in relation to how the church is to be respected.
Solomon stresses to the son, to attend to wisdom and to listen to his understanding. Understanding is gained when we experience something for ourselves. We all know this is so true in life’s path as we may have a picture and expectation of marriage and family but until we experience it we don’t come to a full understanding of its joys and sorrows. Solomon warns about the strange woman who is enticing but speaks with a different and unfamiliar voice. Her voice is smooth but it draws us into a path of lies. Her voice sounds smooth but it has the bite of the viper and can draw us away from God’s truth to that path of lies. Her grasping hands hold on to hell itself and her feet are constantly moving and never satisfied. They move so much that they can’t even be followed because they are constantly looking for something that satisfies but can’t find it. And with all this confusion and strife there is no rest and no way that understanding or knowledge of life can be gained.
We can think of this as so much of the world’s condition and it always has been and always will be. Yet God shows and gives us the opposite. With Him there is peace, rest, contentment in what we have and he gives us knowledge and understanding. Of His work, our purpose and the HOPE set before us. This is true wisdom and it is of God.
May we strive each day to seek and find this wisdom and contentment. May we encourage others along this way as they seek the same. For with our Lord we find true peace and tranquility and HOPE in Him. May the Lord bless you this day. May He bless the services this weekend to His glory and that they may be edifying to His people. How much we have to be thankful for words of gratitude should pour from our lips continually on this journey.
God bless and keep each of you in His grace.