Proverbs 6 2-6-20

Vigilance is important. If we quit rowing, we will be carried downstream, thus losing our momentum, and entrapping us.

There are two examples given in today’s chapter that we will apply to our lives. The first one is:

How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
    When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 and poverty will come on you like a thief
    and scarcity like an armed man.

There are things we do all the time concerning maintenance; for instance, dog owners run the risk of getting fleas in their carpet if they don’t vacuum regularly and wash their dogs; if we don’t wash the sheets on our beds regularly, we run the risk of getting bed bugs; the same goes for getting lice if we don’t wash our hair regularly.

In the same way, we must stay focused and diligent in our Bible study and prayer, our worship time and our fellowship with others or we will open ourselves to leaving the paths of righteousness and losing our way. Trust me, the devil has plenty of delectable “paths” for us if we take our eyes off the LORD. We’ve read verses 10 and 11 over in chapter 24:

30 I went past the field of a sluggard,
    past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
31 thorns had come up everywhere (he had become bristly and hard to deal with),
    the ground was covered with weeds (his daily life was in a shambles),
    and the stone wall was in ruins (his spiritual life was in decay).
32 I applied my heart to what I observed (being smart is learning from our mistakes…)
    and learned a lesson from what I saw (being wise is learning from others’ mistakes):
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest—
34 and poverty will come on you like a thief
    and scarcity like an armed man.

The Spirit desires our company. Why do we deny Him? Most times, it’s because we have sinful things we want to do and being with Him interferes with our plans. If anything, we are afraid of what He might ask of us. WE want to be in charge of our lives, even though we KNOW that it will not end well, which leads us to the next example:

My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
    if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
you have been trapped by what you said,
    ensnared by the words of your mouth.
So do this, my son, to free yourself,
    since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands:
Go—to the point of exhaustion—
    and give your neighbor no rest!
Allow no sleep to your eyes,
    no slumber to your eyelids.
Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
    like a bird from the snare of the fowler.

When we find ourselves in a mess, caught in a trap, and drowning in quicksand, let us not be too proud to cry out to God. The realization of our predicament is actually Him opening our eyes to our present condition (see the parable of the lost son in Luke 15, esp. v17); this action is called, “CONVICTION.” It comes with His PRESENCE. In His PRESENCE, we feel His love for us; as we give ourselves over to Him, we receive His peace, which leads to joy. Who DOESN’T want these aspects in their lives?! As He leads us, He walks us through the steps to get out of the snare we are in and leads us back to the path of righteousness. Thankfully, we get usually back to the path much quicker than we got away from it.

Knowing that we are all one step away from leaving the path, let us be diligent about our time with the LORD and serve Him with willing hearts. Let us be ready in season and out of season (anytime, whether it’s convenient or not) to give an account for our faith, to help a brother or sister in need, and to make godly choices.

Paul gave this charge to Timothy, and is applicable for us today:

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2

Abba, once again I place myself on Your altar. I know I keep crawling off; may You seek me every time and turn me around. I know I am happiest when I am at Your side, looking up at You. I also know that I am the most productive when I am there. You have a way of making little into much (I’m thinking of Your miracles with the bread and fish). May You do that in my life and with my life, LORD. Use me as You see fit; You are the Potter and I am the clay. Mold me and make me according to Your will. I reserve nothing for myself. Amen.

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