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20 September 2021

Proverbs 22:14

The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit;
    a man who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it.

A kiss is not just a kiss when the purpose is to lure into sin, a sin that leads into the pit of destruction. Words of invitation to pleasure are words of poison when that pleasure is forbidden passion. The folly of men is to believe that the sin is harmless, and that they have the discernment and willpower to avoid the pit. But if money is the root of evil, then understand that sex is the root of folly. Sex makes a man foolish. An otherwise cool-thinking man becomes stupid when his sexual passion is aroused. He actually believes that illicit sex will give him satisfaction. He is actually willing to risk his reputation, his career, and his family for the sake of momentary pleasure that vanishes immediately and which leaves him craving for more, never fulfilled.

What then is the second line of the proverb saying? Is God angry with men who fall into such a pit, or does he allow men with whom he is angry to fall into it? Sometimes our punishment is to be allowed to go where our passions lead us.

Men, don’t be stupid. Know your weakness when it comes to sexual temptation. Know that you cannot think straight and walk away. The best way to deal with such temptation is not to brace yourself against the temptation, but to walk away from it. The best way to avoid falling into the pit is to get away from the edge of it.

 

Psalm 66

Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
    Sing the glory of his name;
    make his praise glorious.
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
    So great is your power
    that your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth bows down to you;
    they sing praise to you,
    they sing the praises of your name.”[a]

Come and see what God has done,
    his awesome deeds for mankind!
He turned the sea into dry land,
    they passed through the waters on foot—
    come, let us rejoice in him.
He rules forever by his power,
    his eyes watch the nations—
    let not the rebellious rise up against him.

Praise our God, all peoples,
    let the sound of his praise be heard;
he has preserved our lives
    and kept our feet from slipping.
10 For you, God, tested us;
    you refined us like silver.
11 You brought us into prison
    and laid burdens on our backs.
12 You let people ride over our heads;
    we went through fire and water,
    but you brought us to a place of abundance.

13 I will come to your temple with burnt offerings
    and fulfill my vows to you—
14 vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke
    when I was in trouble.
15 I will sacrifice fat animals to you
    and an offering of rams;
    I will offer bulls and goats.

16 Come and hear, all you who fear God;
    let me tell you what he has done for me.
17 I cried out to him with my mouth;
    his praise was on my tongue.
18 If I had cherished sin in my heart,
    the Lord would not have listened;
19 but God has surely listened
    and has heard my prayer.
20 Praise be to God,
    who has not rejected my prayer
    or withheld his love from me!