He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house at twilight, as the day was fading. Proverbs 7:8-9a
Read: Proverbs 7:8-9
Listen: Proverbs 7
Solomon tells his son a story about a naïve young man who is walking home at twilight. It’s the time of day where shadows lengthen, and trouble is lurking around the corner. The wise choice is to hasten home before total darkness falls. Instead, the young man chooses to walk down the street where a woman of questionable repute lives. She sees him and doesn’t miss her opportunity. With seductive words, she takes him by the hand and leads him into her lair.
This young man doesn’t see the warning signs and carelessly wanders into danger. Proverbs 27:12 teaches, “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” He simply walks directly toward danger. What did he think would happen? The point is he didn’t think.
This story isn’t unique. It’s not just the young and naive who wander into danger. Anyone in a new situation or space is vulnerable—like being newly married, a new homeowner, recently divorced, newly unemployed or navigating a COVID-19 pandemic world. New situations have hidden dangers. We don’t always see the warning signs and need to pay attention to others who have walked this road before us. Listening to their wisdom can save us from heartbreak and destruction.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
As you sit with God today, tell him about the new situation you are facing. Ask him to bring to mind or lead you to godly people with experience who can give you advice and guidance. Claim his promise to make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).
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