It's time for some more insight from the book of Proverbs as we look at chapter 6 today (from the Message Bible translation):
A Lesson from the Ant
Vs.6-11. You lazy fool, look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two. Nobody has to tell it what to do. All summer it stores up food; at harvest it stockpiles provisions. So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing? How long before you get out of bed? A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy––do you know what comes next? Just this:You can look forward to a dirt–poor life, poverty your permanent houseguest.
Pause and reflect on this insight from one of God's little creatures – the ant. What is God saying to you today about diligence and preparation?
Seven Things God Hates
Vs.16-19. Here are six things God hates, and one more that he loathes with a passion: eyes that are arrogant, a tongue that lies, hands that murder the innocent, a heart that hatches evil plots, feet that race down a wicked track, a mouth that lies under oath, a troublemaker in the family.
God has feelings – passion! What does this list tell us about what God is like as person? If you were to write a list of seven things that God loves, what would be on it? Seek to both know and please God today.
Vs.32. Adultery is a brainless act, soul–destroying, self–destructive.
Adultery, like all sexual sin, is never a fall, it's always a slide. What early indicators or warning signs do you need to be aware of and respond to today? God's ways are always for our good. What are the benefits of sexual purity? Make a choice today to honour God with your sexuality.