Flirting with the world
Keep My commands and live, and My law as the apple of your eye. Proverbs 7:2
I look at this verse as God speaking to me. He says if I keep His commands I will live. Then He wants me to keep His ways as the apple of my eye or the most precious thing I own. What about that? Keep His commands and live, make them (God’s words) your greatest possession?
Chapter 7 of Proverbs is about staying away from a seductive woman, but the meaning goes far deeper. It is a warning to keep your life pure and not be seduced by the things and ways of the world. The first 5 verses are the very heart of God saying to treasure His commands and make wisdom your closest friend. Your “go to” for all your decisions. It seems like such a no brainer. We have the wisdom of God accessible to us and with that the ability to make the right decision and do the right things for successful living. God’s not trying to keep good from us, He trying to get it to us. He knows where it is and that’s why He gave us an entire book of His will and His ways. When we not only follow His directions in life, but also treasure them by making them the most important part of who we are, that’s where His blessing, goodness and protection is. He also knows that when we get sucked into the world’s ways, we make ourselves vulnerable to being lured down the wrong road and into the traps of our enemy.
Listen to the heart of God as you read verse 23-25. Notice how He gives warning of the worldly ways that lead to destruction. Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, Till an arrow struck his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, He did not know it would cost his life. Now therefore, listen to Me, My children; Pay attention to the words of My mouth: Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths;
Today I want to encourage you to desire God’s ways and words above everything else in life. Recognize that all your success is in His wisdom. Evaluate where your heart is now and make the adjustments so that His way is the apple of your eye and top priority. Not only because it is good for you, but also because He is good. Fill your heart up with love for Him as your Heavenly Father! Next, assess any of the world’s ways that may have crept into your life, especially in your thinking and attitudes. She is very subtle and sneaks right into our homes through media, internet and even our words if not guarded against. Even things as seemingly harmless as criticizing and complaining. Hear my heart. I have nothing to gain by how you live your life. My only motive is that I was lured away and I know the destruction that waits for those who are pulled in to the clutches of the world. I want that for no person! God is after your heart, but only because He wants to nurture, protect and bring you to successful living.
Today’s scripture reading; Proverbs 7