READ : Proverbs 5
I did not listen to the voice of my teachers. (v. 13)
Every form of abuse is a perversion of a gift from God. The same mouth that can say “I love you” can also say “You’re stupid and ugly.” The same hand that can caress can also hit in anger. Even God’s wonderful gift of sexuality can be used as a weapon.
After 30 years in youth ministry, I am convinced that abuse causes more pain to young people than anything else. Some kids are victims—of broken homes, broken promises, and even predatory relationships. Some kids become victimizers, and the sad cycle gets repeated in yet another generation. I don’t think it is possible to overstate the pain so many young people live in or to overstate the burden too many are asked to carry at too tender an age.
Sometimes people think nostalgically that problems like ours didn’t exist in past generations. Not so. Read Proverbs 5. Here is Solomon, extolling the virtues of fidelity. Then read First Kings 11 about Solomon’s seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines and these sad verses: “his wives turned away his heart after other gods; and his heart was not true to the Lord his God.”
If only Solomon had heeded his own wisdom.
Lord, help us be faithful people—faithful to you through being faithful in our human relationships.