Topic: Deadly pleasures
Opening Prayer: Sanctify my life dear Lord as I study your word in Jesus name.
Scripture: Proverbs 31:1-9
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any command for me to obey?
• Is there any warning for me to heed?
The godly parentage of the author of this proverb (Lemuel – ‘Belonging to God’) is obvious (vs.1,2 &3b). Thus, the loving, caring, and godly instructions given by the mother are like prophetic utterances (v.1) that should not be neglected, for they hold the key to the future (Proverbs 1:8,9; 6:20-24). V.3 is both a command and warning, to steer clear of every inclination to immoral practices. The perils of diverse sexual perversions are horribly ruinous.
The only wise thing to do with immoral appeals is ‘FLEE’ – 1 Corinthians.6:18; Proverbs 5:1-14. Wine as an alcoholic drink, has as much a deceptive appeal, as an immoral woman, and both have ruined some very promising lives and careers – Proverbs 20:1; 23:20,21. Note some reasons for avoiding alcohol (vs.4,5). The statement in vs.5&6 is sarcastic. Those who think they can escape their misery by soaking themselves in intoxicating drinks are self-deluded.
When their eyes are cleared, they quickly realise that nothing has changed. See also Habakkuk 2:15. Vs.8&9 is a call for us to use whatever privileged position we occupy in society, to advocate for the welfare and justice of the less privileged.
Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Lord, help me to hide your word in my heart, and heed good counsel.
• Thank God for your place of work/business/study.
Prayer for the week
Pray for accountability and stewardship among the brethren. Pray for the increased of faithfulness in our workplaces that the name of the Lord will not be ridiculed. Pray for Grace Evangel Church.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Psalm 115:15; 1 Sam. 10-12; Eph. 5:17-33
Scripture Union Daily Guide 16 October 2021. Scripture Union is an international, inter-denominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.