Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Five


The October, 2016, Proverbs Challenge continues and gains momentum with each day!  If you are not already on board, remember it’s not too late.  Join us in reading a chapter of Proverbs each day and then post your thoughts, reflections, or views in a comment below.  You’ll find it to be more than fun: it will bless you!

Much of Proverbs 5 seems to deal with warnings against being seduced or led astray by a seductress, or a strange woman – a woman other than the spouse.  Many of the words and cautions could be applied in some ways to our faithfulness to Christ.  You see, we are created to be in relationship – an intimately personal relationship – with the Lord Jesus Christ.  Just as a man is to be in relationship – an intimately personal relationship – with his wife yet is sometimes tempted and allured by a woman other than his wife, even so the follower of Christ is sometimes (often) tempted and allured by the seductive attractions of other gods.  Sin offers alluring temptations that would seek to draw us away from Christ.  The path of wisdom for the reader in Proverbs 5 – the son of the writer – is to resist, turn away from the temptations and allure of the strange woman.  The path of wisdom for the follower of Christ is the same: resist, turn away from those things that would draw us away from faithful relationship with the Lord.

One verse in particular seemed to stand out to me as I reflected on Proverbs 5.  Verse 21 (in the Holman Christian Standard Bible) says “For a man’s ways are before the Lord’s eyes, and He considers all his paths.”  The verse reminds me that God sees us and knows our actions whether we follow the path of wisdom or whether we fail and compromise our integrity.  Let us strive, with His help, to remain ever faithful to Christ, drinking from the well of Living Water only!

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~ by brotherfaron on October 5, 2016.

2 Responses to “Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Five”

  1. Before anyone reads chapter 5 with the attitude of,”I’ll never do that! This chapter is not for me, re-read it from the perspective of spiritual adultery. We are too easily drawn away from Christ and enticed by our own desires far too often. Everything that the writer warns against in the physical relationship applies spiritually. For example, if we turn to an adulteress (or adulterer), our way will be unstable. Spiritually also our ways will be unstable. We will be unsure of which path to take. I am thankful that my ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and I know He is my Father who loves me and will discipline me in the best way for me.

    • Interestingly, I had similar thoughts as I first read Proverbs 5- those warnings concerning physical adultery and drifting apply spiritually. I appreciate your insights and look forward to the remaining weeks of the challenge! Grace to you in Christ, the Lord.

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