Written by Tammy Crenshaw
WARNING, to all, WARNING…This reminds me of an old black and white TV show, Lost in Space, where the robot would run around saying, DANGER, Will Robinson, DANGER! We cannot read Proverbs 6 and then pretend that we did not know what dangers we will all face. The key to facing these warnings comes from the wisdom Solomon writes throughout Proverbs.
The first warning in Proverbs 6 is against FOLLY or lack of good sense. We are told not to act impulsively or make promises that put us in debt to others. We are not to rest until we free ourselves from our indebtedness. In fact, in Verse 5, we are told to, “Run like a deer from a hunter, like a bird from a trapper.” How many times do we find ourselves in a situation and we have no idea how we got there? When we run from our “folly”, we need to run to our Heavenly Father for wisdom. Lord, how I wish I would seek His wisdom FIRST in all things!
Another warning, do not be a SLUGGARD! In other words, don’t be lazy! This seems simple enough, but yet how often do we find ourselves stuck in couch potato mode? Verses 9-11 explain what can happen if we let laziness become our habit. We were not designed by God to be lazy, He asks us to go and serve others. You cannot serve if you are parked on your couch!
Verses 17-19 are crystal clear warnings as to what 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.” Wisdom will help all of us check the “plank in our own eye” before we point the finger at someone with a “splinter in theirs” when we read down that list!
Throughout the last 15 Verses of Proverbs 6, Solomon goes into great detail warning against Adultery. Remember the “Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!” quoted earlier? Well, picture that in bright neon, flashing lights. The wisdom given in these last verses, when sought out, will save marriages from destruction. “But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself. Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away.” Proverbs 6:32-33
Like all of the warnings found in Proverbs 6, they are only as good as the paper they are printed on unless we imprint them on our hearts. Once read, they cannot be unread; therefore, we cannot say we were not warned!
Lord, I ask for your blessings to fall on all who read your words. May their lives be forever changed when they seek your wisdom. Amen.