1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: 2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.Proverbs 5:1, 2
This morning in Sunday School we had a lesson talking about the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. In Genesis chapter two God told Adam about this tree. God’s instruction was that Adam should not eat the fruit from that tree. If you’ve read Genesis three you know that Adam disobeyed God’s command.
One of the points in the lesson this morning was that we can learn the difference between good and evil in one of two ways. We can accept God’s revelation of what is right and wrong, or we can trust in our own experimentation. Revelation or experimentation.
Solomon is teaching the reader this same concept here in Proverbs five. There are people who would lead you down the wrong path in life. Our world is full of temptation to go against what God has revealed in His Word.
“I have hated instruction”
The end of experimentation brings shame and guilt. It causes the person in Proverbs five to say:
12 … How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; 13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
There is no need for us to end up in that place. Even if we’ve fought against godly teaching in the past, it does not mean that we can’t turn to living wisely today.
Solomon uses the example of a young man who is tempted to live in an immoral way with, what he calls, a strange woman. In the book of Proverbs we see the phrase “strange woman” eight times. Solomon uses this to mean anyone who is not your wife. This may not start out as an intentional illicit affair. But Solomon is warning the reader to be wise in their choices.
I think this is just one example he could have chosen. Maybe your temptation is not exactly an inappropriate relationship with someone else. Maybe it is something with your thought life, or some sort of substance abuse. Allow God’s Word, and the teaching of godly people in your life to reveal what is right and wrong. Don’t be like the foolish young man in this chapter who thought he had to experience sin to be able to understand whether it was appropriate for him or not.
Pay attention to the warnings in the book of Proverbs. Many times we can avoid heartache in our life if we are willing to heed the warnings in God’s Word and the teachings of the godly people He has brought to us.
Learn by revelation, not experimentation.