"And strangers will be filled with your strength, and your hard earned goods will go to the house of an alien; And you groan at your final end, When your flesh and your body are consumed; And you say, 'How have I hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof! I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to my instructors! I was almost in utter ruin In the midst of the assembly and congregation.'" Pr. 5:10-14, NASB.
Chapter five focuses on the peril of sexual sin - but this picture of regret is universal. It makes me think about how miserable regret can be, wishing to change the past, but powerless to do so.
This regret centers around having known better, having been told, instructed, and taught, yet choosing sin anyway. The speaker warns us of what sin really delivers, in spite of its promises. Rather than satisfaction and fulfillment, sin gives us regret and emptiness, a mouthful of dust.
Let's take heed today, and recognize sin for what it really offers. Let's resist temptation, recognizing it for the bald deception it is!
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