Proverbs 5:14 "I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly."
This verse describes the sad estate of the one has become a slave of his fleshly desires. He has committed almost all evil. This guy probably never thought his sin would take him as low as it did, or even thought of the self-destruction he was bringing on himself. This ungodly man was now reaping the wild oats of his selfish and willful living. His sin knew no boundaries. Even in a place of worship, the midst of the congregation and assembly, his eyes were still full of adultery and could not cease from sin (2 Peter 2:14). Now everyone knew about his sin, and the public disgrace was utterly humiliating.
S. Martin makes a few powerful statements about self-destruction, "The only power by which we can destroy ourselves is the power of sin. Every finally destroyed man is self-destroyed. The self-destroyer cannot save himself. God can save the self-destroyer, and God alone." Praise God!
MacLaren, Alexander, Charles H. Spurgeon, Charles Simeon. Sermon Seeds. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1956. WORDsearch CROSS e-book.
F. B. Meyer in his commentary, Through the Bible Day by Day, reminds his readers that sin begins in the thoughts. He says, "The soul must never lie open to the tide of suggestive thoughts that break along its beach." We must be vigilant as a watchman in guarding our purity for Christ. Meyer goes on to say that this means keeping watch and warding off attacks at
a. The eye gate,
b. the ear gate,
c. the touch gate, and I would add
d. the thought gate.
We must let Christ be the keeper of our soul, that is, the keeper of our mind, our will, and our emotions (Psalm 121:5-8). He is the only one that save us from ourselves, and show us the right way.
Hosea 13:9 says, "O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in Me is thine help." You can just hear the cry of God’s heart in this verse for His people. He wants them. He wants us! Now that is mind-boggling! While God was talking to Israel here, application can be made to each of us individually. Let’s apply it. Today, am I guarding my thoughts? Am I destroying myself by my prideful living in my own strength, or am I looking to God for the help to live for Him? In who does my strength lie? Hopefully it is in the Jehovah, who is everlasting strength (Isaiah 26:4). I pray that our lives would not shame the name of Christ, but would exalt His holy name.