Proverbs 7

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“My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you;
Keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye.”
~ Proverbs 7:1-2

In American culture, high school graduation has become a rite of passage into adulthood.  We’ve always attended graduation ceremonies with fog horns, posters, and with anticipation for the opportunity to scream cheers of excitement.  We celebrate because soon, these “kids” will be moving out on their own, going off to college, establishing themselves in the “real world”, and beginning their careers.  Many times we send them off with words of wisdom, hoping that the good things we’ve told them will stick, and that they will excel in whatever they do.

In the same way, the writer of Proverbs has this to say to his sons who are coming of age.  In Proverbs 7, this plea to “keep my words and treasure up my commandments” comes with a dire warning.  In a nutshell, he makes a dire plea for his sons (v.24) to be aware of sin.  Sin is a vice that consumes you in the night.  It is a disease that takes advantages of your weaknesses and consumes your thoughts.  When you think no one is looking, one can revel in sin, consuming and being consumed in its passions.  However, when sin is done with us, it leaves us dead and empty:

“With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him.  All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life.” – Prov. 7:21-23

There is much at stake in our lives, much more than making good men and women who make great contributions to society.  We have a greater responsibility to our kids than helping them to become financially “well off.”  We have the tremendous responsibility of telling our children, and each other, that sin is a real threat, its a real enemy, and it will steal our life away if we choose to dwell in it.  

BUT WHERE’S THE ENCOURAGEMENT IN THAT?!

We have a redeemer who saves us and promises us life!  We must take sin seriously, but all the more take seriously the bleeding savior who died to set us free from sin and give us life!  This is why it is important that sin become a staple of our conversation in homes, friendships, and relationships.  It is a cancer that destroys, and we have the cure: Jesus Christ, our redeemer, friend, and savior.

Pastor Chris

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Pastor Chris Ridler

Pastor Chris is married to his beautiful wife Becky and has a precious son named Noah. Chris received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University and is currently working on his Master’s of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary. Chris has served in full time ministry for over 13 years – as either a Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor or House Parent and is passionate about seeing people grow in their walk with Christ and disciple others for the glory of God’s kingdom.