Pearl of Wisdom:
“Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house”
IN THIS PEARL OF WISDOM Solomon warns his son about the dangers of the “adulterous woman.” As women, does this advice have anything to say to us? Well, certainly we do not want to be the adulterous woman. And clearly we want to steer clear of adulterous men.
But I think the hidden wisdom to be found here is the exact advice Solomon gives his son on how to avoid temptation – advice we can all follow to avoid falling into the trap of whatever may be tempting us.
He says, “Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house.” He does not say, “Do not talk to her when you see her.” Or, “Do not gaze upon her when she is near.” Or even “Meditate instead on God’s Word.”
His advice is to plan ahead to ensure there will never be an encounter in the first place. Even if it means going out of your way.
After all, if Eve had not actually approached the Tree of Knowledge and examined its fruit, she might never have eaten from it.
To overcome temptation, don’t rely on your strength to succeed. Be wise & plan ahead to completely avoid an encounter with what tempts you.
Insight to Action
I’ll admit it: One of my biggest temptations is food. I eat when I’m bored, when I’m sad, when I get stuck along the creative process. So, I’ve resolved to keep the most tempting treats out of the house. It’s easier to never buy it, than avoid it later. I have also resolved to stay out of the kitchen between meals and “not go near the door of her house” – the refrigerator door in this instance : )
And also, I rely on the Holy Spirit to work within me, to give me the insight to recognize what tempts me, the understanding to create a plan, and the strength to stick to it. Wisdom & Grace are a powerful combination.
Now I want to hear from you. What is the thing that tempts you most – the thing that continually trips you up despite your best intentions? What thing, if you avoided it, would make room for more enriching activities? Stop for a moment and think: How can you go out of your way, remove temptation from your presence and set yourself up for success? Share your resolution with a reply below, so I (and others) can lift it up to prayer.