Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding your intimate friend; That they may keep you from an adulteress, From the foreigner who flatters with her words. Proverbs 7:4-5
One of today’s movie stars just revealed that his long struggle with meaning and depression had been a whirl of trying to mask life in the hollow pursuits of “…food and sex and noise and gadgets…” Prayerfully he’ll be led to wisdom and understanding through salvation, and not another long ride on a dead-end road.
Minding your proximity to the Lord is better than dabbling in how far to stray. Wisdom and understanding must be rooted in our healthy reverence or “fear” of the Lord. To shun these two gifts as “restrictive” or “punitive” is not only foolish, but reveals a heart indeed unregenerate. Who in their right spiritual state refuses the life-giving care and instruction of their Creator?
Life verifies the truth of God’s Word. The world overflows with adulteresses seeking new liaisons. The enticement to leave off wisdom and understanding and just “have a little fun” or “feel good” is a common theme for Solomon, who authored much of Proverbs. His difficulties came through pursuing—or being pursued—by women who were unlike him in their beliefs and upbringing. His identification of them as the “foreigner” should not escape us. Anything opposed to our faith and growth in godliness should be viewed as foreign, whether its origin is from remote lands or the remote in your hand. You can read of Solomon’s dalliances and outcomes in Ecclesiastes, but be warned—it’s not the rosy picture the devil of the dance wants to have revealed. Truth is like that.
Stay in close relationship to the author of wisdom and understanding. He will guard you, and equip you to flee the lure of a foreign affair.