“My son, keep my words and lay up my commandments with thee.” Proverbs 7:1
If there ever was a command of peace, solitude and hope, it is these words.
The entanglement of sin has us entrapped with the distractions of the electronic world, of the despair associated with unfulfilled hopes, and with the broken trust that seems to pervade our daily lives.
Proverbs 7 illustrates this with a hard example of a harlot of the night, looking for those whom she may entrap, entangle, persuade or to take away into the night, the unsuspecting, the presumptuous, the faithful, . . . those who have relaxed their grasp of faith with being overconfident, self-assured and knowledgeable.
God continues to speak as He says, “Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.” Proverbs 7:2
The bright glittering world around you has your attention when you take that “second look” or turn back to take a look of “what might have been” as I think of Lot’s wife.
We are instructed to keep the Word of God and our understanding of His character and will for us ever before us. Warding off the inclination of the “second look” we should heed the instructions to “Bind them (commandments) upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.” Proverbs 7:3
As we contemplate the commandments of God, keeping them ever before our eyes and central to the thought processes, we are given the assurance that we will not be distracted by the harlot of sin, or fall into the deception of presumption. God is merciful, inviting us to return to Him unharmed, forgiven. But instead we often find ourselves even more confused, more depressed–more like the world.
Proverbs 7 ends with words of Joy, of Hope, of Trust, of Assurance and of Merciful Guiding Love
“Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. Let not thine heart turn aside to her ways, go not astray in her paths.” Proverbs 7:24, 25