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Author: Lisa Brewer
Between us on the table lay a long sheet of paper covered in the tiniest print I’d ever seen. The words on it included many legal terms I really didn’t understand such as undersigned, lender, and principal sum. Jim and I were young marrieds buying our first car and unsure about all the steps we had to take to accomplish that goal. Fortunately, the man behind the desk was patient, giving answers to all of our many questions.
Proverbs 6 brings to mind the many times we’ve had to deal with the loan process during our years together. However, in verses 1-5, we see it from a different angle. A father is warning his son about the folly of loaning money to friends and strangers. Wisdom tells us doing so is a snare that can take us to ruin. It is almost certain the money never will be repaid. Instead, Wisdom leads us to see that giving a gift to someone is much better than getting caught up in the problems loaning the money can create.
Within this chapter, Wisdom warns us of a number of things that can be our undoing if we do not pay attention. As you read, my hope is that you see the positive side of each of these things that can truly enrich your life.
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Author: Carter Shuman
Warning against folly:
In verses 1-9 we are reminded of a barometer we can use to measure wisdom. What we are doing with our physical resources reveals where our wisdom comes from. This barometer especially measures accurately when we look at finances and time. The Sluggard, who is the nemesis of the wise, squanders away his time and is left in poverty. He doesn’t take his cue from the ant who is a hard worker without a manager watching over him. Wisdom is shown in a person who works hard with no one watching.
Warning against Adultery:
Steering clear of temptation takes wisdom and loyalty to God. Adultery is widely compared throughout scripture to idolatry. Marriage only has room for two people. Our allegiance to our spouses is paramount to the success of our marriages. Those who would tempt us to stray from the bond of marital fidelity should be ignored. In the same way, there are many different gods in our culture that are smooth talking and woo us into their “beds.” Our hearts are temples that have a place for one God. He is too big to share space in our hearts with something else: Be it money, sex, success, or self-centeredness, God does not share the altar of your heart, and He deserves your sole allegiance.