A short devotional on Proverbs 6:1-5. Connect with us at UmpquaConnect.org.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Saturday, June 6, 2020
Our text today from Proverbs 6 is an interesting one. In the quest for wisdom through Proverbs, Solomon, the main author and collector the the Proverbs, has bits of advice on many topics.
Today, he talks about having limits on how we help someone. As Christians God puts it in our hearts to care about other people rather than just ourselves. This is good. In fact, caring for others brings a lot of meaning to life.
But as we seek to live a good life, there needs to be limits on how we help.
Let's read the text, then talk about it.
Proverbs 6:1-5 says:
My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
2 you have been trapped by what you said,
ensnared by the words of your mouth.
3 So do this, my son, to free yourself,
since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands:
Go—to the point of exhaustion—[a]
and give your neighbor no rest!
4 Allow no sleep to your eyes,
no slumber to your eyelids.
5 Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
like a bird from the snare of the fowler.
Solomon is talking here about putting yourself in a place where you guarantee someone else's actions. This includes co-signing on a loan, but can cover a lot more.
I have done this, more than once. Without giving too many details, I have helped someone in a way where if they didn't come through, I would be the one hurting. And in the end I ended up hurting.
It is good to want to help. But it is also good to have wisdom. If you put yourself in a place where it will hurt you more if someone doesn't follow through than it hurts them, you are being security for them and outside this wise advice.
Love must have boundaries to be true love.
Practical advice to avoid some pain.
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May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow