Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Devotionals in Proverbs
One of these thorny issues was the issue of the immoral woman which Proverbs spends a great deal of time on in the early chapters. As I started reading one evening, my elder son said, "Daddy, your read this last night." I responded that I had read something similar the night before but this was different and pointed out how often Solomon under inspiration addresses this issue, indicating that this was something to be taken very seriously. I then explained how falling into the trap posed by immorality on the part of men and women in their relationships could very easily destroy their lives. A couple of weeks later we were watching a movie together about a musician who started out with a Christian perspective on life and very nearly ruined his life when he got caught up with another woman. Upon seeing this, at one point I mentioned to my sons that this was a good example of what Solomon spoke of in the Proverbs. My elder son said, "I hope he doesn't fall into her trap." A few minutes later my younger son identified him taking that very subtle step closer and said, "Daddy, he's falling into her trap, isn't he?" I was pleased that my boys were able to identify these actions as being those which could lead tremendous problems. I just pray that my boys will remember these lessons as they grow and remain close to the Lord.
Just a final disclaimer, I try to teach my sons their responsibility in all this. I don't want this to sound as though I lay all the blame at the feet of women. On the contrary, I try to build women up in their eyes and am quick to point out bad actions on the part of men. Men have their own responsibility, and in the case of the movie we watched, I felt extremely bad for the wife of the man involved, so please do not view this as a sexist issue.