Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 7:19 For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey; 20 he took a bag of money with him; at full moon he will come home.” 21 With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him.
Her Real Name
This woman, who perfumes her bed and dresses up seductively, seizes this man with kisses following up with much persuasive speech. The man may tell himself "bad Idea", but before he turns away he pauses for a short moment. Oh the mans heart starts beating faster as he wants to believe her affections are genuine… but he knows down deep they are not. Still his flesh and his heart are pulled her way. Her low cut blouse and the way she talks and how she presses herself up to him… But he says to himself "no"... Then she rationalizes his doubts and questions about whether he should go with her. "Look" she says, "there’s no way you will get caught. I know that's what your worried about. I will prove it. There are four good reasons that guarantee we can be together without any fear. That should settle it for you."
1 - My husband is not at home.
2 - He has gone on a “long" journey.
3 - He took a bag of money with him.
4 - He told me the exact day he would return.
Though she seldom uses her real name, the adulterous woman’s given name is Sin, Sin promises wondrous and elated delights. Sin wants to take her place as our supreme treasure. Sin uses tactics of seduction appealing to our senses with false affections. Sin makes a case with persuasive speech. Sin encourages us to rationalize her lies to conform to our own will. She plans out a way to hide our union with Sin from others. At this point Sin has already found a place in our heart. She knows us well and at this point she may even tell us her real name, nevertheless, everything is already in place for our utter demise.
James 1: 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
Thank You Father that no matter where we are in our relationship with sin, you are able to rescue and give us a relationship with you because Jesus went to the Cross to be paid the wages of our sin with his death and he rose up giving us who believe, not only your fellowship and forgiveness but also by that same power to be victorious over sin in this life through Jesus.