(Pro 7:5 KJV) That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
Today I am in a figurative mood. As I read this verse and the preceding and knew that it was working towards an adulterous liaison I went on the tangent of asking myself how often this applies to our intellectual and philosophical lives. Most would deny being intellectuals and many would say they have no philosophy but on some level we are all guilty. Those two parts of our personalities determine a lot about our direction.
The young man in the following verses knew right and wrong. The woman put on the appearance of spiritual discipline. Both of them were quite willing to overlook what they accepted as proper. I would venture to guess that when discovered both would look indigent and say, “It wasn’t my fault. I was lured into this.” The problem is that God is not fooled and does not play games.
So? Where we are later today depends on how we start and which way we lean. Imagine what that will do over a lifetime. When you are a week into a new year is a good time to think about what brought you to today.