Proverbs Chapter 6:1-5
Careful not Full of Care
Proverbs 6:1-5." Dear friend, if you've gone into hock with your neighbour or locked yourself into a deal with a stranger, if you've impulsively promised the shirt off your back and now find yourself shivering out in the cold, friend, don't waste a minute, get yourself out of that mess. You're in that man's clutches! Go, put on a long face; act desperate. Don't procrastinate-- there's no time to lose. Run like a deer from the hunter, fly like a bird from the trapper!"
Have you ever entered into an agreement only to discover it wasn’t what you thought it was? Many a friendship has been severed over the breaking of one or the other's failure to honour their word. If you have ever gone surety for someone who is going through the courts or for a friend or relative wanting to make a purchase and needing a guarantor, even with that person being known to you, it's still a risky business.
What if that person defaults and you are stuck with the costs? Be very sure of whom you enter into such a deal with. Sadly I know of families who have suffered greatly because those who they went a surety for failed to honour the terms set down.
Imagine Old Testament times. If the person for whom you had gone surety could not repay the debt, you became responsible for it. If you could not repay the debt, one, or all of these things might have happened. You were cast into prison, possessions sold, family members sold into slavery. All because of misguided good intentions.
We all owed a debt we could never repay. It was a debt called Sin and the penalty clause was death. But there was one who was willing to be our surety, knowing full well we could not repay the debt; simply because anything we possessed wasn't good enough to satisfy is insatiable demands. We all defaulted, and were on our way to suffering the consequences and Jesus came in response to God’s request and willingly paid that debt in full at Calvary.
A Psalmist's View of Selected proverbs 2009