The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of June 25-July 1, 2017, is Proverbs 7:7b-20. The book of Proverbs offers a variety of wisdom to all, no matter their age. This week’s advice comes in the form of a story, a story which no doubt occurred during the time it was written. A story that still occurs today.
I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness. And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart. She is loud and wayward; her feet do not stay at home; now in the street, now in the market, and at every corner she lies in wait. She seizes him and kisses him, and with bold face she says to him, “I had to offer sacrifices, and today I have paid my vows; so now I have come out to meet you, to seek you eagerly, and I have found you. I have spread my couch with coverings, colored linens from Egyptian linen; I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love till morning; let us delight ourselves with love. For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey; he took a bag of money with him; at full moon he will come home.” (Proverbs 7:7b-20, ESV)
Have you observed this story taking place from your balcony? Perhaps it was between two people you knew: two friends? Two co-workers? Two family members? Have you ever been a participant in the story? The jilted spouse? The betrayer? The seducer? Unfortunately such actions are becoming all too common and acceptable! As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this week’s verse, consider your attitude towards sexual immorality. Is it an attitude that aligns with the Lord or the world? Are you silent against the worlds immorality, thereby showing acceptance? What changes can you make in your daily life?