The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 28
“For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and He ponders all his paths” (Prov. 5:21).
God-awareness brings sobriety to every situation and every relationship.
God-awareness differentiates those who walk uprightly from those who walk in unrighteousness. God-aware people live out the initial truth that introduces the book of Proverbs, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” (1:7).
God-awareness discerns the deception behind the enticements that the adulteress offers. Though her lips, “drip honey,” the wise man recognizes the buzz of stinging bees nearby and a slippery slope that accompanies her “smoother than oil” speech (5:3). He sees the consequences of his actions, and the long-term perspective generated by God-awareness allows him to overcome the short-term temptation that will end in destruction.
God-awareness causes the wise man to discipline himself—“Drink water from your own cistern, and running water from your own well’ (5:15)—while the wicked man is led astray for his “lack of instruction” (5:23). The person who lives in the presence of God remembers constantly the watchful eye of the Lord, and thus longs to please Him; further, he seeks to become one of “those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Heb. 5:14).
God-awareness entices the believer to live in the Word, because he understands that “the commandment is a lamp, and the law a light; reproofs of instruction are the way to life, keeping [him] from the evil woman” (Prov. 6:23-24). He knows the need to “keep My words, and store up My commands within you” (7:1), because only the Word reveals God’s truth and guidance for life.
God-awareness protects the believer from the snares of this life, reminding him to evaluate every encounter in the light of eternity. While the crafty woman may come with enticing words, he recognizes that following her “would cost him his life” (7:23), because “her house is the way to hell, descending to the chambers of death” (7:27).
Living in the light of God’s presence brings every attitude or action into account. No passing pleasure is worth the consequence of displeasing God.
Questions from today’s chronological Bible reading (Proverbs 5:1-7:27):
What do the the proverbs regarding the immoral woman reveal about her internal wiring?
What does Proverbs 6 reveal about the causes of the failure?