A Pit and a Snake

Proverbs 23:35
“They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.”

The Book of Proverbs is a book that has compiled several lessons between a father and a son. The father is teaching his son about life, and especially the many dangers that can be found in life. The father is King Solomon, who was considered the wisest man in his lifetime.

Solomon, from his personal experiences, and from the experience he gained from watching others, knew there were dangers in life that his son needed to avoid if he wanted to enjoy life to its fullest. He loved his son, and he knew that his son would one day take the throne, so he did everything in his power to warn him of those things that could destroy him. In this chapter, two dangers are exposed that are often akin to each other.

The first danger is the danger of being immoral with the opposite gender. Verse 27 says, “For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.” The word “pit” is the same word you would use for a body lying in a grave. God is saying that the strange woman will put you in the grave. In other words, an adulterous relationship is a good way to kill all the works you have accomplished, and it will squelch all the dreams you have.

Many promising lives have been destroyed because of an immoral relationship. I never get over seeing the pain in those who didn’t heed the warning of this pit. My friend, you may think the relationship you are in is bad, but the result of an immoral relationship with another is always worse. The person who is wooing you may seem attractive, but their end is always the pit. If you don’t want to kill all the works of your life and squelch the dreams that you have, you had better be sure that you keep yourself from that moment of immorality that will put your life in the pit.

The second danger that this proverb gives is the danger of alcohol. Verses 31-32 says, “Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.” Anyone who knows me knows that I hate snakes. One reason I hate them is because many of them are poisonous. I’m not a snake expert, so I truly don’t know which ones are poisonous and which ones are not. All I know is that the pain from the snake’s venom is painful and sometimes deadly.

God says that drinking alcohol is like being bitten by a poisonous serpent or adder. The warning given in this proverb is not to even look upon the wine. God knows that if you don’t look upon it, you will never experience the pain it causes. My friend, alcohol is still the Devil’s juice. It beats you up and addicts you to it to the point that you keep on going back to it even though it is destroying your life. Christian, drinking any type of alcohol is a sin according to the Scriptures. If you don’t want to experience the pain of alcohol’s venom, don’t drink it.

I believe one reason God put these two dangers together is because many people have fallen for the strange woman while under the influence of alcohol. Let this devotional be a reminder of the pit and venom that these two sins have. Avoid them at all cost because both lead to a slow death.

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