The Bible is filled with beautiful, encouraging, uplifting words. As we read, we are transported into the sheer loveliness of the descriptions. But the Bible also has admonitions, challenges, and cautions for us. These are to help us stay on the narrow path and not stray away from God’s best for our lives. In today’s passage, we sense a real urgency in this caution.
“My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth. So do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go—to the point of exhaustion—and give your neighbor no rest! Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids. Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.” Proverbs 6:1-5
This is such sound advice. It is guiding us to make wise choices with how we deal with finances. How many people have been ruined financially because of a foolish business deal? They signed on the bottom line and sometime later that decision brought devastation.
We see here, that we are to run, not walk, to get anything like this undone as quickly as possible. But as we read this, it is also a warning to never enter into these kinds of collaborations to begin with. Steer clear of cosigning to help someone with shaky credit. Stay away from deals too good to be true.
It is very practical, wise advice.
Lord, we realize that everything we have actually belongs to You. We are caretakers, so we need to make wise decisions about what we do financially. Remind us to pray about these decisions so we are not caught in the fowler’s snare.