Warnings Against Folly (title of Proverbs 6 in NIV)
Tobacco Smoke Increases The Risk Of Lung Cancer And Heart Disease, Even In Nonsmokers.
Unprotected sex increases your risk for STDs, including HIV/AIDS.
A sedentary lifestyle is dangerous to your health.
We receive warnings every day. They shout at us from headlines and the evening news. Do this, don’t do that. Eat this, don’t eat that. Not only are we on warnings overload, but the warnings are often contradictory. Fat will kill you – no, it’s carbs that are the villain. Eggs raise your cholesterol – just kidding, eggs are a superfood, hooray!
When we receive so many warnings, do we even listen to them? Or do we want to walk up to the line, taking a chance on what happens? There are signs everywhere that warn people not to text and drive and while I’m not proud of it, I confess that I do this, far more frequently than is safe.
Maybe it’s a case that we think that we’re good if we follow, say, 80% of the warnings. Well, I don’t drink and drive, so probably texting and driving isn’t that bad. I don’t do drugs, so eating this entire bag of potato chips (or two) probably won’t harm me that much.
Following all the warnings all the time can frankly feel boring and legalistic.
In dating, it was no different. I knew who the “good guy” was. I could recognize that the things that I ran after were not the best for me. Sometimes I was willing to look past certain red flags because the person had other things that I wanted. This person was not very nice, but hey, he had a great job! That person was pretty hands-y for a first date, but he goes to church! Often I wanted to try my luck. Let’s roll the dice on this one, see what happens.
Generally, though, what happened was that things turned out exactly as they started. The relationship soured and ended. In retrospect, I feel certain that that was the Holy Spirit, watching out for me in each case. Had I heeded the warnings and the red flags that were there in the beginning, I could have gotten out even earlier.
Proverbs 6 provides several warnings in the “six things” that the Lord hates:
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies,
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.” (Proverbs 6:16-19).
Read through the warnings, meditate on them, and weigh your relationships against them!
Join the conversation! Have you failed to heed the Bible’s warnings in the past and what was the outcome? Anything else strike you from Proverbs 6?