Devotional Text and Meditation for the Day
The devotional text for today is very sobering as Solomon warns his sons regarding the dangers of the forbidden woman (5:3-10) and the destruction that adultery brings (5:20-23). Do not miss how clearly Solomon connects adultery to the lack of discipline or to say it another way, the absence of self-control (5:12-13, 23). How interesting to note that the disaster spoken of here ultimately comes because the individual did not listen to his teachers (5:7,13) and ultimately heed God’s Word (Js 1:22-25). Thus, Solomon says it will not be a knowledge issue but a devotion issue (5:20) for those caught in the deadly snares of forbidden love (5:23 cf. Ps 119:9). While there is much to learn from this chapter, there is specific deep and abiding protection found in understanding and applying verse 21.
Solomon points us in verse 21 to a universal truth that must never be forgotten, that God sees all and thus sin is never secret (Jer 16:7; Heb 4:13)! It is the height of lunacy and arrogance when one thinks that he can deceive the Lord and somehow hide his sin (Job 24:15). Many older theologians would say that it is practical atheism, living as if there were no God, that is the root of human depravity (Ps 14:1-3). Solomon warns his sons here that while this adulterer has forgotten God (Isa 29:15), God has not lost sight of his sinful ways (Jer 17:10). The all-seeing God (Jer 23:24) is also the holy God who will righteously judge all as He brings every sinful thought and deed under the blazing fire of perfect justice (Ecc 12:14). As you ponder the pathway of your life today, have you forgotten that God sees and ponders every thought and deed you do and that you will have to answer to Him for everything (Mt 12:36; 2 Cor 5:10)? What unrepentant sins have you sought to hide in the plain sight of a holy God? Repent of those right now, and enjoy the blessing of God’s full forgiveness and cleansing in Christ (1 Jn 1:9). Remember, it was living with the knowledge of the ever-present sight of an all-holy God that helped guard the eyes and life of Job from sin (Job 31:1-4). May this never-changing truth of our ever-present God encourage and guard your life today.