(Proverbs 5:14 KJV) I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
What is this “evil” (ruin NASB) (7451b) that is being experienced? Notice the two different words in the two translations. This is a Hebrew subtlety that is beyond my skills. It is the same word in spelling and pronunciation, yet in the advanced Hebrew dictionaries it shows them as “7451a” and “7451b”. I am assuming that the difference has to do with either context or tense. Either way it is a bad place to be in.
One of the characteristics of the Bible that lends it credibility to the discerning reader is that it does not gloss over the difficulties of life. We see David, a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), as one who had failed repeatedly. We see Peter denying his lord and accused of hypocrisy by Paul. Here it points out the danger of drifting into ruin.
The better news is that we are offered forgiveness and restoration when we repent.
So? Are you having a bad day? How about a bad year? God is waiting for you to apply for the solution instead of continuing toward ruin. Ask, knock, seek. You will find.