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Saturday, May 30, 2015
Daily Devotional
Today's Eagle's Wings: Saturday, May 30, 2015

Wisdom's Warning Against Wantonness

But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
PROVERBS 5:4

The morality of the Bible differs from the morality of the world. One is the practical applications of the holiness of God. The other is licentiousness held in check by expediency.

There is a price to be paid for uncleanness. God makes that clear. The devil, with winning deviousness, denies this is so. Those who heed the devil discover that God is right.

The price of uncleanness is high. The wise man here lists for us the cost of rejecting the admonition of God. It is paid in the currency of dishonour (v. 9), poverty (v. 10), wasting (v. 11), and regret (vv. 12-14). Only sin can start out promising so much pleasure and in the end bring so much wretchedness. How deceitful it is!

The worlds answer to the miserable consequences of sin is a ceaseless search for a means of avoiding them. God has decreed that whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Gal. 6:7). Man has ever sought ways of escaping that divinely appointed harvest. The search for escape is a fruitless search. There is only one way of avoiding sins curse, and that is avoiding sin.

As in the Garden of Eden, when the fruit of many trees could be freely eaten, so it is in life. The forbidden pleasures of sin (which are no pleasures in the end) have their counterpart in the many lawful pleasures God has ordained for mans comfort and good.

The evil pleasures of an improper liaison contrast starkly with the joys of a marriage ordained of God. For dishonour there is honour (Heb. 13:4), for poverty there is reward (Psa. 127:3), for wasting there is fruitfulness (Psa. 128:3), and for regret there is peace (Psa. 128:6).

The path God has ordained for His people is a path that leads us through paradise on the way to paradise!

Grace in the soul is heaven in that soul.
Matthew Henry

This daily devotional is updated automatically daily from the Eagles' Wings daily devotional
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