The Strongman

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 7

Gold Nugget
Verse 26: For she has cast down many wounded, and all who were slain by her were strong men.

Commentary
Proverbs chapter seven paints the illustration of the young man that is lured away by the seductress. An evil woman with evil intentions lures him into her bed with empty promises. Trading peace and safety for pain and death, the man doesn’t see his own demise. He isn’t aware that it will cost him his life (verse 23). This scenario doesn’t seem applicable to most of us. Maybe we are neither the seductress nor the foolish young man, but we must remember that this story is an illustration of a greater lesson. Although it could be said that this book was written with a focus on younger men, it can be applied by anyone. Knowing the original target audience was to that of young men, we find it speaking in terms that they would understand. If you talk to a man about wisdom and hard work, he may not show great interest in your passion, but if you talk to him about the desires for woman and money, his ears will perk up. That is exactly what Proverbs does. When speaking about the need for wisdom, Proverbs describes wisdom as a beautiful woman. Other places it describes wisdom as gold, silver or rubies. Whether women or riches, you are speaking the young man’s language. Likewise, when warning of foolish behavior, proverbs compares it to a harlot that will cause poverty and death. Either way, you stand a better chance at getting his attention through these illustrations. We may still think we are immune to this trap. We are neither harlot nor foolish, but today’s “gold nugget” reminds us that “she has cast down many wounded, and all who were slain by her were strong men. That is to say, those that thought themselves strong became her victims. Any of us, whether we see an applicable weakness in this lesson or not can ultimately be trapped. All we have to do is take our eyes off of the Lord and we will begin to open up the door to the snares of the enemy. Don’t put your confidence in how “strong” you are, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall”, but put your confidence in how much you can stay focused on Jesus.

Prayer
Lord, I don’t want to be the foolish young man that thought so highly of himself that he didn’t posses the humility to see when a trap was laid before him. Help me to stay humble before you and keep my eyes steadfast upon you. Amen

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