Wisdom for Your Wednesday

Proverbs 7

How can a guy guard himself from ever sexually ‘crossing the line’ with a woman who isn’t his wife?

Big Time Boundaries

Proverbs 7 describes a man who gets persuaded by a married woman to go back to her place for the night. The result? A few minutes of sinful pleasure and a lifetime of regret. “He followed her at once, like an ox going to the slaughter. He was like a stag caught in a trap, awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart. He was like a bird flying into a snare, little knowing it would cost him his life” (vs. 22-23). Unknown

He got seduced.

He went with it.

It ended bad. Real bad. “For she has been the ruin of many; many men have been her victims. Her house is the road to the grave. He bedroom is the den of death” (vs. 26-27).

How does one keep from letting this happen? How can a guy keep from ‘getting with’ a woman who isn’t his wife? How can a guy keep himself from being seduced to ‘sinful pleasures’ such as pornography or ‘one night stands’ or ‘inappropriate texting or social media interactions?

Big Time Boundaries

How the Proverbs 7 escapade started? “I saw some naive young men, and one in particular who lacked common sense. He was crossing the street near the house of an immoral woman, strolling down the path by her house. It was at twilight, in the evening, as deep darkness fell. The woman approached him. . . ” (vs. 7-10a).

Zero common sense.

Hanging out close to where she was.

In the evening.

Had he not gone out at night in close proximity to her – he would have saved himself a lifetime of regret. He had ZERO boundaries. Had he told himself, “No going out at night alone in the direction of this woman’s house,” (Big Time Boundary) he would have been spared a lot of heartache. But he didn’t.

Where is that “street near the house of an immoral woman” for you?

Pornography at a certain time of day or evening?

Facebook?

An office down the hall?

Texting on your phone?

A business establishment you find yourself going to more and more?

Out of town trip?

Identify where you have “lacked common sense” and set up some Big Time Boundaries. Be radical with it. No baby stuff here. Be serious. Be ruthless. Be extreme. No boundary is too big. Seriously, it’s not (see what Jesus said here).

Do whatever you have to do to not “let your hearts stray toward her.” And “don’t wander down her wayward path” (v. 25).

What is a Big Time Boundary you can set for yourself immediately?

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One thought on “Wisdom for Your Wednesday

  1. Becky says:

    Dear Pastor Matt,
    This seems to be a major problem in our country today, not only with men, but with women also! Take a peek at the advertisements for up-coming shows on primetime TV now! We are now watching the good old series of “The Waltons” at eight PM! That is a good picture of a loving family with solid values! Also reminds us of some of the hard times that our parents and we endured! We are convinced that grandparents still can have an influence on future generations! Also, Proverbs can keep us on the right path!
    Your article also reminded me of some of the Christian movies that we have watched, such as “Fireproof”! This movie certainly addresses some of the problems that you brought up in the above post!
    We continue to keep our church and your family in our prayers! God is still with us!
    In His Love and Service,
    Becky

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