Proverbs 6

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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:

“haughty eyes,

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?

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4 thoughts on “Proverbs 6

  1. This is great, Joanna! I definitely have felt like following the warnings or following the rules was boring. Especially when I’d look around and see people who weren’t!

    But I read this saying about warnings, that they were meant to protect us from something, not prevent us from enjoyment. It was a good reminder whenever I was tempted to jump the fence, so to speak. 🙂

  2. Very ncie post 🙂

    That’s absolutely right with too many warnings shouting at us from everywhere. And they are contradictory in lots of cases. I think we really start to see that not all of them are wise and so we don’t heed them anymore and start to get hurt. Less warnings would probably make us more cautious of the most important ones.

    I was reading some Old Testament once and noticed a part that I always saw as an oppresive one towards women – that after a period they were unclean. I think The Spirit wanted to show me something because suddenly I saw that it’s just what my grandmother alwas said to me – to rest. And what was what those women in the OT did when loosing blood – rested! I recognized that a lot of OT laws were there to ensure the well-being of the people despite their lack of understanding.

    It would be good for us to recoginze devine wisdom in the warnings we see in the Bible even when they seem strange for us now. Maybe we (people) will understand them some years in the future 🙂

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