Proverb for the Day 5:5 — Nowhere, No Hope, No Answers…But Yet!

Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths are crooked, but she knows it not.

This verse is the conclusion of Solomon’s warning to his son (:1) against inappropriate relationships with the opposite sex. The life choices of this immoral woman (:3) lead to both her physical “death” and “the grave” (where the souls of the dead go). In particular, “her paths” and “way of life” choices – or lack thereof (“she gives no thought to”) – lead to this nowhere situation.

Once in this “nowhere” place of bad choices, feeling of hopelessness can so easily overtake us. And no hope leads to even more inappropriate lifestyle choices. It’s a vicious cycle.

When we live the way this woman did, life begins to lose meaning. And in our hopelessness we begin to no longer feel or care about things – “she gives no thought…she knows it not.” That is a terrible place to be – don’t know, don’t care and anything goes.

So often men who enter Helping Up Mission got to the place where nothing mattered anymore and they didn’t care about anything or anyone any longer. Yet one of the first things guys tend to feel is when they get here is hope – hope that things can change. That leads to new and meaningful answers which, in turn, offers empowerment to live life differently…one day at a time.