August 29, 2023

Proverbs 5:20–23 (NKJV) — 20 For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman, And be embraced in the arms of a seductress? 21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He ponders all his paths. 22 His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And he is caught in the cords of his sin. 23 He shall die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” How many a person, I want to say a man, but women are included in this also, is brought down by sin? Sexual sin! Satan knows where to tempt. When I read this Proverb, I think of the many men in ministry who have succumbed to sexual sin. The focus of this writing is not to focus on the sin but on God.

How many times have people sinned in secret, keeping their sin in the darkness? One may think no one knows. There are two who do know. If nobody ever finds out about the sin…God knows. Nothing is hidden from Him. And the one committing the sin knows. Hebrews 4:13 says “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

To make what could be a long writing short. Each person at some point will be tempted to stray from God. In marriage, a spouse has to be careful to keep his focus on God. Satan knows our weakness. To not sin must be intentional. Instead of looking at this in a negative way, we must remember the intent is to keep our focus on God. Have I said “focus on God” enough?

Marriage, the union between one man and one woman, is a sacred institution created by God…not man. It is a commitment made not just to each other but to God also. Today’s world does not put much stock in marriage. Forty to fifty percent of Marriages end in divorce. Sixty to Seventy percent of second marriages end in divorce. A positive commitment in marriage begins with God and then the spouse.

How many marriages have ended in divorce because of a self-centered attitude?

This is so important. Do not allow the immorality of the world to enter into your marriage. Keep your focus on God and flee from all the seduction of this world. One small glimpse is all it takes for some to journey away from God, your spouse, and your family.