I love to read through Proverbs, but when I get to those chapters about the adulteress, and how to avoid her, I get a little bored. After all, I am not ever going to visit an adulteress, nor do I have plans to ever be an adulteress! 🙂 So, how do I apply that portion of scripture to my life?
Proverbs 5:20 says Why be captivated by an adulteress? Why waste time with a promiscuous stranger?
As I pondered on the above scriptures, it occurred to me that while we, as women, would never visit an adulteress, we can commit spiritual adultery.
There is so much in the world that tries to get our attention. The new reality TV shows, secular books, the talk shows, soap operas, the malls, the idea of “keeping up with the Jones’s,” the Internet, and even adult toys and gadgets. There is always something out there to tempt us to get our focus off of where we should be focusing.
I Jn. 2:15 says that we shouldn’t love the world or anything in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. Wow! That’s a tough one to think that if we love the world too much, God’s love isn’t even in us. I’m not sure that I like that scripture!
It’s just too easy to get caught up in worldly things. I remember right after becoming a mother, it was too easy to turn on Maury or Montel or Jenny Jones while I was sitting there nursing Rachel. I missed adult conversation. I had worked full time for many years, and suddenly, I was home with an infant who couldn’t converse with me beyond crying. It was so easy to fall into the trap of letting the TV entertain. Thank God, I quickly realized the effect those shows were having on me, and I switched to Christian TV, if any. The atmosphere in the home was so different — so alive, instead of making me feel like I was drowning emotionally.
I’ve had a struggle with using the computer too. We have only had it for about 6 or 7 months. It’s so nice to be able to keep in touch with friends and relatives on a daily basis. While that is good, it’s not so good when I begin, by my actions, to tell the Lord that I would rather be online than in His Word.
I even began going into Christian chatrooms, and found to my dismay, that many of them were “Christian” in name only. There was still a lot of filth in there. Sure, I could use the ignore button, but my eyes had already taken in what was said, and transferred it to my spirit. I began to think of what Job said in chapter 31:1 about making a covenant with his eyes not to look lustfully upon a woman. I made a covenant with my eyes that I wouldn’t even visit the chatrooms because it was defiling my spirit. Not only that, while I was in a chatroom, I wasn’t spending quality time with my daughter. We had gotten away from playing games together. Now that I am back on track, I really look forward to those times of the day when we can sit down and play games together.
Another area where we can struggle is in our choice of books to read. There are many secular books out there that look interesting. Some of them even relate to where many of us are right now — parenting. But again, if you look at Ps. 1:1, it says that the man who doesn’t walk in the counsel (advice) of the ungodly is blessed. Well, a secular book on parenting may have a few good ideas, but the fact remains that most of what is in the book is advice which is ungodly counsel.
Ps. 119:15-16 says that I meditate on your precepts, consider your ways, delight in your decrees, and won’t neglect your word. NIV How often do we neglect the Word, and if honest, we have to admit that we really had no good excuse for doing it?
119:18 “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” NIV
When I open the Word, this is often a prayer which I pray for myself. I want to see those hidden treasures in the Word because they are LIFE for me!
119:31 “I hold fast to your statutes, O Lord.” NIV How can we hold fast to His statutes if we don’t stay in the Word enough to even learn them?
119:58 “I have sought your face with all my heart.” NIV Hmmmm, have I really done that?
119:72 “The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.” NIV By our actions, can anyone tell that this is how we really feel about the Word?
119:92 “If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.” Verse 111 says that God’s statutes are the joy of my heart. Do we really delight in the Word? If we do, then it’s a joy to read the Word.
119:131 “I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.” NIV When you haven’t spent your daily quiet time with God, is your relationship with Him so close that your spirit can actually pant for Him and His presence?
119:171 “May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees.” NIV
119:172 “May my tongue sing of your word for all your commands are righteous.”
Father, may You show us wonderful, hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge in Your Word each time we read it. Let those quiet times with You become such a joyous treasure that our spirits will pant to be in those intimate moments with You. As we have many things which require our attention every day, help us to keep our focus and our minds on You, knowing that You will keep us in perfect peace as we fix our minds on You. Amen.
© 2003, Stacy R Miller