Proverbs 7: 2020 Bible Challenge

Devotional Text and Mediation for the Day

Tom Fox

Proverbs 7:1-3

This proverb focuses on guarding one’s heart from straying into temptation that leads to falling into sexual sin. The focus for today’s meditation is how to prevent yourself from getting into a situation of temptation in the first place. God’s word, and the daily diet of His word, is the preventative spiritual medicine one needs to ingest to gain or maintain spiritual health. Notice the verbs in the first three verses – keep my words (v.1), keep my commandments (v.2), keep my teaching (v.2), bind them on your fingers (v.3) and write them on your hearts (v.3).

Solomon was probably thinking of the sin that his father David committed with Bathsheba as well as what he had been taught as a young boy. Every Jewish child learns the Shema – to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and might (Deut. 6:5). Proverbs 7 and Deut. 6 express the same preventative measures to guard against sin. Deuteronomy 6 commands that God’s word “shall be on your heart” (v.6) and to “teach them diligently to your children” (v.7) when you are walking, talking, and sitting in your home. Finally, you shall bind them on your hand (v.8). The main point of this devotional is to focus on God’s word as if you have your Bible strapped to your hand all day. Think about it – if you have your Bible (God’s word) in your hand all day (figuratively), His words, commandments, and teachings (Prov. 7:1-3) would be at the forefront of every thought, action, and deed. This is the way to prevent sin! Meditating on God’s word will prevent one from falling into temptation, and, help one focus on loving the Lord with all one’s heart, soul, and mind.

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