Hello again. Let’s spend some time studying God’s Word.
Turn to Proverbs chapter 6 in your Bibles and we’re going to use NIV again. Read verses 1-5 and record your thoughts in your journal. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to get one.
If you’ll notice, it’s saying to NOT put up security for your neighbor. And if you have, free yourself from that bond as soon as possible. Why? Well, it’s an agreement to protect you’re neighbor. If you’re not willing to do it, don’t promise them you will!
Now read verse 6: “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” Most of you have heard the parable of the ant and the cricket. The ant stored up in the summer so that he’d have food for the winter, but the cricket just played all summer and had no food for the winter. That’s what this is referring to; or rather, the parable is referring to this.
Now read the next 2 verses.
Look at what it says to the sluggard in verses 9-11: “How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.” Too much of doing nothing and nothing will be done. It’s like waiting until 8:00 PM to wash a car or weed eat; it’s not wise. And, it won’t get done. Now, we’ll skip on over to verses 16-19. It says:
“There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.” We need to be aware – do we do any of those things? It’s sad to think we do – all of us have had a lying tongue, haughty eyes, and been a false witness who pours out lies AT THE LEAST.
Read verses 20-35 and see what the Bible warns about adultery and adulterous women. There’s one verse I want you to look into more. Verse 32: “But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.” Those types have no sense. Absolutely no sense. And when they do those wicked deeds, they destroy themselves. That’s something that makes me want to stay away from that forever. You should too.
When you’re done, write notes in your notebook or journal about what you’ve read. I hope that these posts have encouraged you and shown you a different view of the Bible. God bless your day!