Wise Saying #17

Man trying to pick up woman Wise Saying #17:

“O my son, give me your heart. May your eyes take delight in following my ways. A prostitute is a dangerous trap; a promiscuous woman is as dangerous as falling into a narrow well. She hides and waits like a robber, eager to make more men unfaithful.” (23:26-28 NLT)

In today’s proverb, the Wiseman asks for our “heart” and “eyes” so he might warn us to avoid the fatal snare of the sexual predator[i]. With the calculating heart of a beast of prey, they ruthlessly use any means necessary to entice and capture their unsuspecting victim (cf. 2:16-19; 5:1-23; 6:20-35; 7:1-27). In their cold hearts, their deadly conduct is as natural as eating a meal (ref. 30:20). Therefore, falling into their clutches should be as frightening as the prospect of tumbling into a bottomless pit, or stuck in a narrow well, or beaten by merciless robbers. Once trapped, there is little hope for escape and it can cost you your soul (cf. 9:18; et al.). So friends, commit your “heart” and “eyes” to God and your beloved. When the enemy stalks you, tempting you with sex, run away as fast as you can, doing whatever it takes to escape. Oh Father, save us from this perverse and crooked generation. Give flight to our feet that we might swiftly flee to You for safety from our enemy. Amen.

This week’s theme is: The Thirty Sayings of the Wiseman

[i] I realize the term “sexual predator” is generally used to refer to adult men who prey on children. However, the term is not limited to pedophiles but describes the conduct of anyone, male or female, who is seen as obtaining or trying to obtain sex in a predatory manner whether their victim is a minor or consenting adult. Thus, I feel the term aptly describes the type of person the Wiseman is describing. Also, for the purposes of this post I am broadening the application to both sexes. The predatory tactics described in feminine terms throughout Proverbs also apply to adult males seeking to have illicit sex with adult females.

The Divine Design For Couples

old couple working together

Heavenly perspective for couples,

“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’” (Genesis 2:18)

Marriages would be stronger if husbands and wives realized they were made to complement each another, not compete with each other. In observing Adam’s loneliness as “not good,” God was commenting on his incompleteness. So, with Eve, God created a complementary partner for Adam. Therefore, each sex is tailor-made by God for the good of the other. So, work together in your marriage remembering, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil” (Ecclesiastes 4:9).

For further reading see: Genesis 1:26-31; 2:4-25; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Other devotionals in this series include: The Divine Design For

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The Divine Design For Wives


Heavenly perspective for wives, 

“Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.” (Ephesians 5:24)

The church is the glorious bride of Christ. Thus, the apostle holds up the church’s submission to Christ as the model for a wife to imitate in loving her husband. The sacredness of a wife’s submission to her husband is the visual demonstration of the love between the church and her Savior. Wives remember, true beauty is internal, “a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God beautified themselves, by submitting to their own husbands” (1 Peter 3:4, 5).

For further reading see: Ephesians 5:25-33; 1 Peter 3:1-6

Other devotionals in this series include: The Divine Design For

MarriageHusbandsCouples and Children.

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The Divine Design For Husbands


Heavenly perspective for husbands,

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her…” (Ephesians 5:25)

Christ’s self-sacrifice was the strongest love ever demonstrated in this world. Thus, the apostle holds up the conduct of the Redeemer toward His church as the model for a husband to imitate in loving his wife. Therefore, marriage is more than a sacred covenant with one’s spouse. It is, in its fullest, a spiritual discipline designed to make men more like their Savior. So husbands, apply the words of our Lord today, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).

For further reading see: Mark 10:42-45; Ephesians 5:25-33

Other devotionals in this series include: The Divine Design For

MarriageWivesCouples and Children.

The Divine Design For Marriage

Old Married Couple

The Divine perspective for marriage,

“A man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” (Matthew 19:5)

Society has abandoned the idea that marriage is a commitment to be nurture over the long-term, and has instead embraced the notion that marriages are causally disposable. Nevertheless, the God who designed humanity laid down that man and woman should come together in an indissoluble bond of marriage. In this “one flesh” covenant, the original unity of male and female is restored. To break this bond is tantamount to tearing apart a single body, “Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19:6).

For further reading see: Genesis 1:26-31; 2:4-25; Ephesians 5:25-33

Other devotionals in this series include: The Divine Design For HusbandsWives and Couples.