Reading through the book of Proverbs this month and today’s reading brings me to Proverbs 5. I’m wondering if verse 21 brings comfort to us or convicts us. There is a shiny veneer we can put on our lives each day, aided by the fact that no one sees who we are or what we do when the eyes of the world are elsewhere. But verse 21 is a piercing reminder that no matter what we tell ourselves, we are never truly “alone”. God sees; our actions and even intentions are always before Him. Solomon has spent most of this chapter relating this specifically to adultery, but we’d be wise to carry his words into a broader context as well. Otherwise, we can ensure that Solomon’s words a few verses earlier in 5:11-12 will sadly be our own:
And you groan at your final end,
When your flesh and your body are consumed;
And you say, ” How I have hated instruction!
And my heart spurned reproof!”