Proverbs 7:21 With much seductive speech (the adulteress) persuades (a young man without sense); with her smooth talk she compels him. 22 Right away he follows her, and goes like an ox to the slaughter, or bounds like a stag toward the trap 23 until an arrow pierces its entrails. He is like a bird rushing into a snare, not knowing that it will cost him his life.
This is the third proverb in a row that discusses “the adulteress” and the dangers of following her. It’s similar to the description of “wisdom” as a woman. Hence the adulteress is less about marital infidelity but a metaphor for all things that tempt us away from God. This morning I’m reflecting on this idea and asking the Lord to show me the “adulteress” leading me in the wrong direction.
Where I am tempted most often is to allow other priorities to take precedent over time with the Lord. It’s the tyranny of the urgent. Gotta take care of this – right now! Gotta check on this other thing – ASAP! It never stops.