Proverbs 5 … Consider Him Who Watches and Warns

For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord,
And He watches all his paths,
(5:21).

As I read today’s chapter, a memory of a story I often heard growing up, flooded my thoughts. When I was two years old, I had to have my enlarged adenoids and tonsils removed. Back then, tonsillectomies were rather routine, and for some reason, it was decided that my older four-year-old sister would also have the surgery at the same time. My sister was always a trooper at the doctor’s; me, not so much. Actually, I never got over my fear of needles until after the birth of my first child.

In preparation for the surgery, my mom dressed us in matching pajamas and robes, and told me to do everything just like my sister. When they came to do the fingerstick test, my sister bravely stuck out her finger to be pricked, and then said, “Ouch.” Apparently, following my mother’s advice, I marched up, stuck out my finger, and bravely said, “Ouch,” before the needle ever met my tiny finger. But when that needle hit, a full-throated reaction accompanied by whimpering and blubbering quickly ensued. Clearly, I had not been adequately warned; for if I had, I surely would never have extended that finger to be subjected to such torment.

But Proverbs 5 lays out exactly what we can expect. No surprises are left to the imagination through King Solomon’s carefully detailed description of what awaits those who reject God’s wisdom. And I was struck with the kindness, compassion and grace of our God, Who does not leave us on our own, but ever Watches and Warns, that we would always be prepared for every trapping the enemy sets before us.

Consider Him Who Watches and Warns

  • He Watches and Warns, that we would give attention to His Wisdom.
    • My son, give attention to my wisdom,
      Incline your ear to my understanding;
      That you may observe discretion
      And your lips may reserve knowledge,
      (5:1-2).
  • He Watches and Warns, that we would detect deception.
    • For the lips of an adulteress drip honey
      And smoother than oil is her speech;
      But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
      Sharp as a two-edged sword.
      Her feet go down to death,
      Her steps take hold of Sheol.
      She does not ponder the path of life;
      Her ways are unstable, she does not know it,
      (5:3-6).
  • He Watches and Warns, that we would be kept far from temptation.
    • Now then, my sons, listen to me
      And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
      Keep your way far from her
      And do not go near the door of her house,
      (5:7-8).
  • He Watches and Warns, that we would be kept from utter ruin.
    • And you groan at your final end,
      When your flesh and your body are consumed;
      12 And you say, “How I have hated instruction!
      And my heart spurned reproof!
      13 “I have not listened to the voice of my teachers,
      Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!
      14 “I was almost in utter ruin
      In the midst of the assembly and congregation,”
      (5:11-14).
  • He Watches and Warns, that we would remain faithful.
    • Drink water from your own cistern
      And fresh water from your own well,
      (5:15).
  • He Watches and Warns, that we would have His life and liberty.
    • His own iniquities will capture the wicked,
      And he will be held with the cords of his sin.
      23 He will die for lack of instruction,
      And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray,
      (5:22-23).

How do we respond to Him Who Watches and Warns?

It’s sad that so many have the idea that God is some kind of hard taskmaster, or supreme killjoy, as though God delighted in seeing people struggle through life. But when we consider the whole counsel of His Word, and His grace in the great lengths He went to in order to bring us into relationship with Himself, we will see His Father Heart that Watches and Warns His children that we might thrive. And because He is God, He knows exactly what we need to do so.

“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart,’” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

And oh, His grace! Because He knows how easily we stray, in His amazing grace, He sent His Holy Spirit to Watch Us and He provided His Holy Scriptures to Warn Us, that we would seek Him and search for Him with all our heart.

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways…
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?…
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way,
(Psalm 139:1-3, 7).

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart, (Hebrews 4:12).

Today, let’s ask Him to grow our dependence on His grace to truly take His Word to heart, that we would daily to choose to walk in faith and the fear of the Lord, with gratitude for His Father Heart that Watches and Warns to keep us on His Path of Life and Peace.

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds, (Titus 2:11-14).

Let’s Grow Together!

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