This passage makes me sad.
Up until this point (today) I have looked for a devotional someone else wrote on Proverbs 7 to go in this spot. I never found anything that I was comfortable with. And maybe there is a reason for that.
This is what I really did not want to say… but this is what struck me from this passage…
Over and over and over again in my ministry as a pastor I have seen this passage come to life. Someone goes on a business trip and when they return they find out their spouse has cheated on them. Or someone takes an over night trip and winds up cheating. Or a group of friends go out for a night on the town and one or more of them wind up with someone who isn’t their spouse. Or there is a person at work that seems to be “better” than what they “have” at home. And so on and so on…
and my heart weeps….
And its not just men… its women as well. Good mothers, good fathers with great families that decide (for reasons unknown to us and probably unknown to them) to trade in their families for the trill of being with someone else sexually.
And once the family has been traded, once the card has been played, you can’t take it back. For it permanently changes things and the scars from “the trade” are taken to the grave.
I understand what he is saying when he says “From the window of my house I have looked through my lattice, and I have seen…” (7:6-7)
So yea.. this was a hard passage for me, for many names and many situations have literally flooded my mind, of people I still love and care for, that made “a trade” they should have never made.
and now they can’t take it back.
So, please take heed to the words here in Proverbs 7 and do not stray in your faithfulness to your spouse…
your family is depending on it.
What did you see from the passage today?