Welcome back to Riddles of the Wise. Today, we’re looking at chapter 6, which is packed with practical advice. You may be looking for answers to some big questions in your life today. I believe this chapter will begin helping you answer some of those questions.
Lets re-read Proverbs 6:1-6,
“My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth. So do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go—to the point of exhaustion—and give your neighbor no rest! Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids. Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler. Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer, and gathers its food at harvest."
In my opinion, this is a giant flashing warning light for you to avoid bad commitments. Don’t get into a debt that you may not be able to pay off. Don’t commit a significant amount of time to a project/cause/job without knowing that you will still be able to grow your relationship with God and your family as well. Don’t make promises you can’t keep. In other words, don’t over commit!
Solomon is very careful to make sure that we don’t take this message as a license for laziness though. In fact, he hammers home the importance of working hard so that we don’t end up in poverty. Ants are a perfect example of great work ethic. They work hard right now, save right now, and work together right now, so that they know they will have enough later on.
This is the opposite of getting into crazy debt just so that you can have something you want now, hoping you will be able to magically pay it off later. Solomon says if you do that, you’ll be like a gazelle in the sights of a hunter, or a bird stuck in a trap! You’ll be miserable. It might not cost you your physical life, but it most definitely could cost you the life that God wants you to live. Think about how many families have been ripped apart due to the pressures of debt and time commitments that have overloaded the family with stress and distance. Many of our problems today are not the result of laziness; they are the result of over commitment!
Are you over committed in an area of your life today? If so, what needs to happen to begin to break free? If you’re not over committed at the moment, let chapter 6 be a caution to you as you move forward in life, especially in the area of money.
He wants to be a part of your life today. He wants to guide and protect you…but it’s up to you to let Him.
Have a great day!