Temptation is equal opportunity in time and space and among the righteous and the wicked. The devil is prowling around looking for someone to devour, and you’re as big a target as me. Today we hear from Solomon as he counsels us to watch out…
“Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering at home. So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you! I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love! My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey. He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.” With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.
The seductress in Proverbs 7 has fulfilled her vows and even participated in the fellowship offering prior to hitting the street. She goes from worship to transgression in just a few steps. Waywardness is not in a foreign country. It is not only holding on to the life of the person who lives in the gutter and the dark alley. It is right outside your front door. It is on the street where you live.
Peter writes that the devil is prowling around looking for someone to devour, (1Peter 5:8). He is in town. He is in your neighbourhood. He is in your workplace and your school and your church. What?!? Not my church.
Listen. The woman who decided to make a play for this fellow in Proverbs 7 was at the temple that very day. She may have seen him there. Temptation is equal opportunity in time and space and among the righteous and the wicked.
It’s like a noose that we slip our heads into. It threatens our very lives. When we go our own ways we are like animals led to slaughter without knowing. And our sin requires atonement before God. In fact, after we were led to the slaughter of our sin, our Lord Jesus was led like a sheep to the slaughter for us.
Walk in the other direction. Don’t step into the trap. Don’t put your head in the noise today. Live for God as he lives in you…