Proverbs – God’s practical guide to a joyful life
Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well.
Let’s top up our coffees and think on this week’s analogy from Solomon…
Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well. Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares? Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers. May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer— may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love. Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man’s wife? Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?
For your ways are in full view of the Lord,and he examines all your paths. The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them; the cords of their sins hold them fast. For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly.
In the first verse of today’s reading, I wondered why I couldn’t share the water from my well with anyone who was thirsty. Then I realized that the water that Solomon is speaking about is an analogy of the blessings and love in my spouse, and that I was not to share him with anyone.
Then, as I read further I giggled a bit with the thought of my husband, and all men, to rejoice in ‘the wife of your youth” and the descriptives that followed. Yes, I was his wife from youth… but a loving doe? a graceful deer? Well, perhaps these might slightly describe me when I’m not giving him the look for something or wobbling around because my sciatica is acting up. Loving? Graceful? Hmmm…
Then the next phrase just made me outright laugh. At a half a century, the thought of my husband still being star struck with this body of mine- saggy, achy, wrinkly, chunky, more saggy- just seems so funny to me. How could this body continue to satisfy and intoxicate him? Yet, in some way, somehow, it still does.
I guess the highlight that I have taken away from Solomon’s words today is his encouragement for us to focus our energies and love on the spouse and life to which we have committed ourselves. Don’t waste energy, thought or time with another. Why bother?
In fact, God instituted marriage and it is a union of three: husband, wife, and God. There is nothing in our marriage that God does not desire to bless. It is an intimate union of which God wants to be an intimate member. So, in all rejoicing and thanksgivings, decisions and arguments God desires to be called upon and present, and when he is, the outcomes are beyond what we could ever do between husband and wife alone. Even after decades of marriage, He can have a husband and wife look at, or think of, each other and be intoxicated with the love of one another; a love that spills over in blessings, like running water, in the lives of their children, friends, and community.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me when I look at others with want or desire. Help me to love my spouse and to keep my eyes fixed on him/her alone. Give us a desire for one another, that only you can give, even after all these years and circumstances. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!