Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 6:27 Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned? 28 Or can one walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched? 29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; none who touches her will go unpunished.
Close To Your Heart
And so here we see Solomon, the wisest man alive asking two seemingly foolish questions. Back then if there were video cameras and you-tube… I just wonder how many people would film themselves putting these questions to the test. What… you wanna give it a try? Really? Ok then lets roll!
Here ya go then… don’t be alarmed; this is a small fire… only a single flame from this cheap lighter. Alright then, i’m bringing it towards your chest… Steady… You want me to come closer? Ok, for the sake of science then… just a little closer. Woe!!! Oh no!!! I think your shirt is on fire… Stop! come back! Let me put it out! Roll over!… No! No! Your hair is on fire! Don’t put it out with that. It’s a container of gasoline!!!! Ahhhhh!
Experiment Number Two:
“can one walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched?”
What… you wanna back out? You think Solomon was being sarcastic? That's right, he answers both questions with his last scenario.
He said: So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; none who touches her will go unpunished.
Look, if you leave your first love and become an adulterer you are gonna be burned as sure as you carry fire in your chest and as sure as if you walk on hot coals. This plot line never ends well. There is always pain and sorrow and ruin associated with adultery.
Also, if you think about it, one can commit adultery in other ways as well. For example a person can cheat and run around on and deceive their king, their president, their Country, even their Creator. If we delight in any other over Jesus. If the lure of a seductress leads us to seek joy in them over our true love… Remember this: Sin is not good for our relationship with God… It brings a multitude of sorrows and burning pains. Yes, with true repentance there is forgiveness but sin can cause us to backslide farther than we ever wanted to go and it can leave scars that last a life time.
So, instead of fire, lets keep Solomon's words close to our chest and the love of Jesus close to our heart that we might not fall prey to lustful desires.