The father instructs his son to avoid the immoral woman for many reasons. Let’s look a a few.
Verse 9: “Lest you give your honor to others, and your years to the cruel one;” No honor, no creditability equals bad reputation. When our ways are evil, we live like we belong to Satan rather to God.
Verse 10: “Lest aliens be filled with your wealth, and your labors go to the house of a foreigner;” Financial ruin can follow as you divorce your spouse you end up paying alimony and child support.
Verse 11: “And you mourn at last, when your flesh and your body are consumed,” Physical health is jeopardized as well.
Do any of these sound like positive consequences? Of course not, this is why we must think through our decisions rather than allowing our emotions, passions and lusts lead us into trouble.
The closing verses 12 – 14 speak of getting to the point of understanding the wrong decision and the humiliation that comes with it. Take a look:
12: “And say: “ How I have hated instruction, and my heart despised correction! 13 I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me! 14 I was on the verge of total ruin, in the midst of the assembly and congregation.”
Check your self. Are your emotions/lusts controlling your decisions? If so, ask God for courage to stand on His word. Ask for wisdom and discernment to make better decisions. Then take steps to get God’s word into your mind and thoughts.
- Read a few verses a day. As you do, ask “What does this tell me about the character of God?”, “Does this reveal a sin I need to confess?”, or “Is this a promise to remember?”
- Memorize a verse each week. Write a verse down on an index card and put it in a visible place.
- Listen to Pastors teaching the Word on the radio, while you are driving.
The more God’s Word is poured into you, the easier it is to detect when our emotions are controlling us.
Lord Jesus, thank you for your word which is true. Thank you for your Holy Spirit who guides us in all truth. Help us keep our mind and thoughts fixed on you that we may make godly decisions today. In your name we pray. Amen.
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