“...passing along the street near her corner; And he took the path to her house; In the twilight, in the evening, In the black and dark night.” Proverbs 7:8-9
Both the young man and the foolish woman make conscious choices that place them in the wrong place at the wrong time. This passage illustrates the importance of staying away from places and situations where the natural instinct would be to do something wrong. This is a valuable principle for every believer, and one that we ought to teach our young people for their spiritual and moral protection.
Three times the point is repeated that this meeting takes place at night. The pair ends up together alone in the dark. Instead of avoiding the potential wrongdoing, this foolish man makes his way toward the house where there is a woman with whom he will end up in an immoral relationship. Like magnets they are drawn to each other. They both place themselves in a setting (time and place) where they will be more vulnerable to temptation and sin.
This is why it is important to guard our steps and our choices in the “little things.” The places we go, the books and magazines we read, the music we listen to, the entertainment we watch – these things either fuel our flesh (our natural inclinations) or they nurture our spirit. By the time a full-blown relationship has developed, a woman may have emotions she feels she can’t control: “I know I shouldn’t be involved with this man, but I can’t help the way I feel.” Chances are, these feelings were stimulated by foolish choices that she justified to herself and others. The foolish woman places herself in places, situations, and relationships where the potential for wrongdoing exists.
~Excerpt is taken from
“Becoming a Woman of Discretion in a Sensual World”
by Nancy Leigh DeMoss