Focal passage: Proverbs 5:3-11,15-18
I got into some trouble a few years ago. I was living away from home for the first time while attending seminary and had started a job at a bank. I quickly forgot all the healthy eating habits I was raised with and found myself encountering a break room kitchen that seemed to never run out of fresh-baked goods. A few years and 20 pounds later, the bill came due.
Solomon knows the allure of sin’s siren call. He warns his readers about the pit of sexual temptation. Our culture has whole-heartedly rejected the warning of Proverbs and has instead plunged head-first into the wasteland of sexual immorality.
Solomon recognizes the peril of getting too close to sin, so he pleads that we not even approach the door.
To the unmarried couple who negotiate barriers only to rush past them and negotiate new ones; to the married spouse excusing a flirtatious wink or touch in the workplace; to the one seeking digital concubines behind the false anonymity of a screen: to all these Solomon exclaims, “Flee!”
The dangers are too real and the pleasures too fleeting to trade God’s good provision for something lesser. However glamorous the marketing of sin may seem, we should look past the gimmicks and see what wonderful treasures await down the path of God’s design.
He does not withhold good from his children.
We can trust that God’s blessing for sexuality as he intended is not second-best; it’s the real deal.