Escaping life’s pitfalls.
You have got to love the book of Proverbs. It’s overflowing with practical guidelines and warnings for skillful living. God in His faithfulness has given us an abundant amount of instruction for living sensible, prosperous lives.
People are always saying “Too bad life doesn’t come with instructions.” I used to think the same thing, especially once I got married and started having kids.
Life does come with an instruction manual, it’s almost as if the Holy Spirit is waving it right in front of our faces, pleading with us to read and follow it. There’s something about human nature—it has to try its own way first—stumble and fail—then look to God. I want to be smarter than that; I want my kids to rise above the norm and do life right. What about you?
It’s not impossible, again it’s just a matter of surrendering our will, making Him Lord—reading and following the instructions! Let’s do it—let’s choose to be wise!
Proverbs 6, gives five specific ways to escape life’s pitfalls. Keep in mind the ability to avoid pitfalls greatly depends on our connection with Christ.
According to Proverbs 6:1-5, financial pitfalls can be escaped by avoiding the ‘D’ word—debt! This goes totally cross grain with our culture, but if you have lived any amount of time, I know you can testify to its truth!
Also we are cautioned not co-sign for someone’s debt and to be careful not to make impulsive commitments, including get rich quick ideas. These scriptures urge the believer, that if we do make rash commitments or decisions to get out of them as quick as possible.
Essentially we need to be good stewards of all God entrusts to us. Pray and wait. Ask God to lead and instruct us to wise choices—this is where having a close personal relationship with Him is so important. In prior years I made so many mistakes do to my un-submitted will and lack of intimacy with God.
Proverbs 6:6-11, is pretty black and white, laziness leads to poverty! Take this a step further and apply it to our relationship with God. If we are lethargic and apathetic in our relationship with Him we will be spiritually bankrupt, consequently unable to make wise choices. We need to excel in a spirit of diligence coupled with excellence.
Another way to excel in diligence is to hate wickedness, in yourself and in others. Proverbs 6:12-15, gives detail on the behavior of the wicked, concluding that sudden calamity will overtake the wicked leaving them broken and without remedy—the wicked will not see God. Be mindful—to avoid wickedness, snuggle in close to God!
Proverbs 6:17-19, demands our undivided attention. It communicates the six things God hates and the seven He abhors. This scripture causes me to pray for mercy and for grace to walk uprightly!
“A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.”
Lastly, Proverbs 6:20-35, gives insight on avoiding sexual promiscuity. Verse 25, holds a wealth of truth, speaking in regards to a seductress, “Do not lust after her beauty in your heart.” Ultimately, sexual purity begins on the inside. If we keep our heart and soul pure; undiluted by the world and faithful to the Word, we will prosper in our purity.
Please be encouraged to draw close to God, tucking yourself under the shadow of His wing, where you can hear His voice and respond to His will. The more we know God—the less we love sin!
Skillful Living Financial Tools:
- Avoid debt and co-signing
- Avoid impulsive commitments
- Avoid get rich quick ideas
- Submit finances to God
- Ask God to lead and instruct you in finances
- Avoid poverty by being be diligent
- Laziness leads to poverty
Skillful Living Insights and Tools:
- Live your life, both spiritually and naturally with excellence
- Hate wickedness
- Keep your heart and soul undiluted by the world
- Be faithful to the Word of God