So, I’m reading along through Proverbs and Chapter 5 is pretty much a warning from Solomon to his son against adultery. And it got me to thinking… so, how does that adultery thing work when you have 700 wives and 300 concubines? (1 Kings 11). Hmm.
Still, the words are wise ones.
“May your fountain be blessed,
and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.” Proverbs 5:18
Since this verse is written from a man’s perspective, warning to not be ensnared by an adulterous woman, it’s easy to think that the verses don’t apply to us women. But apart from the obvious, switching out “women” for “men”, I think it still speaks to wives too. I need to be the type of wife that my husband rejoices in. I want for him to be “ever intoxicated with [my] love” (verse 19). I want to make it easy for my husband to follow these scriptures. That means, I need to give my marriage and my relationship with my spouse 100% of my effort. I don’t need to push it on the back-burner so I can raise kids. I don’t need to take for granted that my husband will always be there and our marriage will always be fine. I need to be a good wife, and give my marriage my all, because after all, it’s
“Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife”. Proverbs 21:19
Yikes! I don’t want to be the wife who sends her husband into the desert… or at least makes him want to be there.
Another verse from this chapter that spoke to me was the following:
“For your ways are in full view of the LORD,
and he examines all your paths.” Proverbs 5:21
There is no hiding from God, so why do we try? Would it make you live differently if we remembered all the time that the way we are behaving is in full view of our God? I don’t know about you, but I think if that were on the forefront of my mind, I might have better control of my red-headed temper. Just think how productive we would be and how we would act if we put everything through a “God’s-watching-filter” first?
Just something to think about.