Proverbs 7: King James Bible
To the Slaughter – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter seven, Verses 21-23
21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. 22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; 23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – To the Slaughter
A victory without having fired a shot. That’s the focus of the details in the scripture above. Not a win for the cause of the Lord, but rather, in the world’s corner.
Where the heart goes, the head may follow. Where the head goes, the body must follow. If the world successfully convinces us to veer from the path that the Father has placed us on, the end results will be catastrophic.
The problem is, even in catastrophe, we’d not see it as such. Some of the people that are in the worst spiritual shape, haven’t got a clue that there’s a problem. Particularly for us Christians, who are supposed to be spiritually minded, or “putting on the mind of Christ,” yet pay no attention to the things of the spirit.
In my opinion, the end results are far worse for us, than for someone who doesn’t have, or know the Lord. We are not to be spiritually ignorant, nor oblivious of the tactics of the enemy, performed through the deceptions of this world.
Sure, we may have the physical lessons of the verses spoken about in chapter seven buttoned down. Sure, we may not seek out or give in to the temptations of physical harlotry.
But at the same time, we are spirit, clothed in a soul, and housed in a body. Spiritual harlotry is every bit as brutal as physical would be, circumstantially speaking.
The Father is no fan of this world and all of it’s Babylonian systems. For us to call upon him for eternal salvation, then afterward, run into the arms of the world, well, put yourself in the Lord’s shoes concerning that. Even still, he is faithful to forgive, and is right there waiting with open arms when we repent, and seek forgiveness for falling away.
However, the results are described for us in the scriptures in verses 21-23, should we fall prey to the fair speech and flattering lips of the strange woman. When the world appears to be at it’s best, is typically up to it’s worst, willing to lead whoever she can, straight to the slaughter.
Related New Testament Scripture
1 Thessalonians 2: King James Bible
5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:
Romans 16: King James Bible
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
Luke 21: King James Bible
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Slaughter is our destination should we continue down a path that is designed to lead us away from you. Please, by whatever the means that you will, let us not fall for the flattering words and persuasions that come at us from the world, and disguised by the enemy. Bring clarity to our eyes, examine our hearts, and open our ears to hear, all that you will, to do what you will. These things we ask in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever watched the world lead someone straight to the slaughter?