Is this a warning by a financial counselor to not co-sign on a loan for our neighbor? Obviously, that’s a bad idea, but as you read verse 2 you see what the author is really speaking about:
“If you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth…” – Proverbs 6:2
How many times has this happened to you? You commit to something rashly, a business deal, a relationship, a new car or house. You didn’t sit down and REALLY count the cost, but the next thing you know, you are on the hook for something, in over your head and that terrible sick feeling in your stomach hits you. You messed up and you know it.
So what do you do?
“Then do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor's hands: Go and humble yourself; press your plea with your neighbor!” – Proverbs 6:3
It’s actually written in the law in many states that after making a large purchase you have a brief grace period to terminate the deal. Even when the law is not applicable, many folks WILL let you out of the deal if you did what the Bible says to do. When we’re in over our head and our gut is telling us to GET OUT, we should take this approach and MOVE QUICKLY to get out!
“Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids. Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.” – Proverbs 6:4-5
The Bible is telling us, “DON’T REST! GO QUICKLY! FREE YOURSELF!” So why do many of us sit back, feel miserable and pray for God to free us? Most likely because it requires HUMILITY. If we would just go back and humble ourselves, say we are in over your head and get free, we’d be free!
Humility hurts for a minute, but the fruit of bad decisions can sting for a lifetime.