Within these sayings will be found the revelation of wisdom
and the impartation of spiritual understanding.
Use them as keys to unlock the treasures of true knowledge.
Only wisdom can save you from the flattery
of the promiscuous woman—
she’s such a smooth-talking seductress!
We all want to hear good and pleasing things about ourselves and our futures. Words can uplift us and nudge us forward to doing the right things. Words can lead us into life, just as words can lead us into death! Therefore, we must be careful about whose words we are following at all times.
The world will use words of flattery, or insincere or excessive praise, to draw off course. And because they are words we want to hear, we are being lulled away, and we don't even notice the car is drifting out of our lane towards the ditch! But if you started traveling the right road, when you cross the line, your tires will roll over the sleeper line. The sleeper line (also known as rumbling strips or alert strips) is a "road safety feature to alert inattentive drivers of potential danger, by causing a tactile vibration and audible rumbling transmitted through the wheels into the vehicle interior." When we drift off our moral and spiritual course, here comes Wisdom, our rumbling strip, to alert us and wake us up!
The Word makes known to us that "only Wisdom can save you from the flattery of the promiscuous woman," which is a representation of sexual, immoral, and spiritual unfaithfulness (Proverbs 2:16 TPT). Without Wisdom, we would have no rumbling strip to help navigate our journey and most likely we would end up in that ditch called Hell.
But there is good news! So God calls out to us, "Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth" (Proverbs 4:5). "In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths!" (Proverbs 3:6 NKJV). And at the end of our journey, we are guaranteed to arrive at our eternal destination called Heaven.
You will not be subject to terror,
for it will not terrify you.
Nor will the disrespectful be able to push you aside,
because God is your confidence in times of crisis,
keeping your heart at rest in every situation.
MY MUSINGS-All Scripture
"Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life; don’t for a minute lose sight of them. They’ll keep your soul alive and well, they’ll keep you fit and attractive. You’ll travel safely, you’ll neither tire nor trip. You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry, you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep. No need to panic over alarms or surprises, or predictions that doomsday’s just around the corner, Because God will be right there with you; he’ll keep you safe and sound" (Proverbs 3:25-26 MSG) "
So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us.
Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us" (Romans 8:31-39 MSG)Glory to God! Amen!
But the lovers of God walk on the highway of light,
and their way shines brighter and brighter
until the perfect day.
Set your gaze on the path before you.
With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead,
ignore life’s distractions.
Watch where you’re going!
Stick to the path of truth,
and the road will be safe and smooth before you.
Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked for even a moment
or take the detour that leads to darkness.
For God sees everything you do and his eyes are wide open
as he observes every single habit you have.
Pay attention to your habits...God certainly does!
When you’re feeling lazy,
come and learn a lesson from this tale of the tiny ant.
Yes, all you lazybones, come learn
from the example of the ant and enter into wisdom.
The ants have no chief, no boss, no manager—
no one has to tell them what to do.
You’ll see them working and toiling all summer long,
stockpiling their food in preparation for winter.
So wake up, sleepyhead. How long will you lie there?
When will you wake up and get out of bed?
If you keep nodding off and thinking, “I’ll do it later,”
or say to yourself, “I’ll just sit back awhile and take it easy,” just watch how the future unfolds!
By making excuses you’ll learn what it means to go without.
Poverty will pounce on you like a bandit and move in as your roommate for life.
Dear friend, do what I tell you; treasure my careful instructions. They’ll be with you to fend off the Temptress— that smooth-talking, honey-tongued Seductress.
Brazen and brash she was, restless and roaming, never at home,
Walking the streets, loitering in the mall, hanging out at every corner in town.
Soon she has him eating out of her hand, bewitched by her honeyed speech. Before you know it, he’s trotting behind her, like a calf led to the butcher shop.
So, friends, listen to me, take these words of mine most seriously. Don’t fool around with a woman like that; don’t even stroll through her neighborhood. Countless victims come under her spell; she’s the death of many a poor man. She runs a halfway house to hell, fits you out with a shroud and a coffin.
Be aware of the ways of the Seductress woman, same as those of the devil, who has a goal to destroy you by any means necessary. "Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour" (I Peter 5:8 AMP). Therefore, "Control your sexual urges and guard your hearts against lust. Don't let your passions get out of hand" (Proverb 7:25 TPT).
Instead of letting your passion burn for the things that lead to death and Hell, let your passions burn for the Word of God and living a life pursuing Him!
“I’m calling to you, sons of Adam, yes, and to you daughters as well.
Listen to me and you will be prudent and wise. For even the foolish and feeble can receive an understanding heart that will change their inner being.
The meaning of my words will release within you revelation for you to reign in life. My lyrics will empower you to live by what is right."
When Wisdom calls out to you, do you listen to her song?
Lady Wisdom goes to town, stands in a prominent place,
and invites everyone within sound of her voice:
“Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on?
Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me!
I’ve prepared a wonderful spread—fresh-baked bread, roast lamb, carefully selected wines.
Leave your impoverished confusion and live!
Walk up the street to a life with meaning.”
We don't have to live a life of foolishness, simpleness, nor impoverished confusion. We have a promise from Jesus, who calls out to us, saying, "I have come that [you] may have life, and that [you] may have it more abundantly." Follow Jesus, the Word of God, and live the life you were created to live!
The heart of the wise will easily accept instruction.
But those who do all the talking
are too busy to listen and learn.
They’ll just keep stumbling ahead
into the mess they created.
If you readily receive correction,
you are walking on the path to life.
But if you reject rebuke,
you’re guaranteed to go astray.
When judgment day comes,
all the wealth of the world won’t help you one bit.
So be rich in righteousness,
for that’s the only thing that can save you in death.
A son of righteousness experiences the abundant life, but the one who pursues evil hurries to his own death.
Keep trusting in your riches and down you’ll go!
But the lovers of God rise up like flowers in the spring.
Rise up all you lovers of God! Rise up!
Rise up and trust and believe in Him!
Rise up and seek His will!
Rise up and love God with all you have!
Rise up and live!
To learn the truth you must long to be teachable,
or you can despise correction and remain ignorant.
A fool is in love with his own opinion,
but wisdom means being teachable.
Wisdom means being teachable,
by the Word, and by wise counsel.
If you want to grow in wisdom,
spend time with the wise.
Walk with the wicked
and you’ll eventually become just like them.
MY MUSINGS-SEEK AND FIND PUZZLE
I created a puzzle for us to muse over.
I hope you enjoy it!
Let's have fun studying the Word together!
Please click here for the link for the Chapter 13 Puzzle!
If the link does not work, kindly print the picture above.
God-devotion makes a country strong;
God-avoidance leaves people weak.