‘Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house’ (Proverbs 5:8, NIV)
Did King Solomon really write this proverb? That is good question, considering his infamous ‘Guinness World Record’ of 700 wives and 300 concubines. I’d say he went near the door of adultery thousands of times every year.
One thing is for sure. Solomon knew what he was talking about when he warned us about adultery and immorality. He had first-hand experience with the heart-wrenching pain that comes with sexual sin. It cost him his relationship with God, his peace, his strength, and his kingdom.
David Guzik sheds light on the effect that immorality had on Solomon: ‘Because of lust, Solomon found himself in a place where he never thought he would find himself. He found himself burning incense at the altars of depraved pagan gods. He found himself at the altar of child sacrifice unto the god Molech. This is the power of lust - it can capture us in a spell, in a fog of spiritual confusion until we do things we never thought we would do.’
So how do we avoid Solomon’s sin and ultimate fate? By following the advice he never took for himself! The key phrase in Proverbs 5:8 is ‘keep to a path far from her.’ That word path denotes a direction, a journey, a course of life. Think of God’s path as the highway and immorality as the nearest exit off the highway. The Bible tells us to get a direction, a goal for our lives and follow it until the end. We will never run into adultery on the highway to God, but we can always choose to take the exit that will lead us there:
One phone call
A friendly lunch
A leisurely click of the mouse
An entertaining fantasy
Once you get near the door of immorality, it will cease you by the collar and will not let you go. You’ll end up doing things you never thought you were capable of doing. That is why King Solomon says, ‘Do not go near the door of her house.’ That’s where it starts. That’s where it ends. It’s simple. Stay on a path far from immorality and it will stay far away from you.
- Mercy Alarid is the Creative Arts Pastor of Passion Church. Mercy has a Master's degree in Education. Mercy is a member of the faculty of Central New Mexico Community College, where she is an instructor in the Education department. Mercy has been married to Brian for 17 years and they reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico with their 3 children: Chloe, Colin, and Lauren.