Proverbs 17:9-12 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends. A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
Let’s use our imaginations today for a moment. What do you imagine will happen to a man or woman who might by chance run up on a mother bear who has just had her cubs taken from her? Your right, it is not going to be petting zoo time. That person would most likely be torn to bits by the powerful claws and teeth of this angry mother bear.
Just as sure as the idea of breaking free from the wrath of the angry mother bear seems impossible or foolish, so is the idea that a person, who plays in the foolishness sinful ways, will someday be able to break free. I guess that is why the writers of this Proverb called people who think this way a fool. The playful little sin that they once believed to be fun, will continually entangle and trap them until they are destroyed by it.
The sad part is they never see their sin trapping them until it is too late. Their joy will turn to sorrow. Their play becomes a controlling slave master. They are no longer free to do what they want but must serve the sin that has engulfed their life.
How can they ever be free? Only through the grace of God can a person be saved and be freed from sins grip. God calls you to freedom, safety, and His Son Jesus. Can you hear His call in your heart, or are the bears growling outside your door?
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
If it feels like the world has enslaved you and you want to be free, cry out to a Holy God, and ask for forgiveness. He is willing to forgive and cleanse you. If you desire to be free and be saved, there is also good news. It means He is calling you now. Do not put it off until it’s too late.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Ecclesiastes 1 – 6 / Proverbs 17:9 – 12
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Neh. 13 / Acts 16:1-24
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