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Proverbs: God's Wisdom for Daily Living

Devotional Scripture:

Proverbs 5:14-23 (AMP):
14 [The extent and boldness of] my sin involved almost all evil in the estimation of the congregation and the community.
15 Drink waters out of your own cistern [of pure marriage relationship], and fresh, running waters out of your own well.
16 Should your offspring be dispersed abroad as water-brooks in the streets?
17 [Confine yourself to your own wife] let your children be for you alone, and not the children of strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain--of human life--be blessed [with the rewards of fidelity], and rejoice with the wife of your youth.
19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant doe [tender, gentle, attractive]; let her bosom satisfy you at all times; and always be transported with delight in her love.
20 Why should you, my son, be infatuated with a loose woman, embrace the bosom of an outsider, and go astray?
21 For the ways of man are directly before the eyes of the LORD, and He [Who would have us live soberly, chastely and godly] carefully weighs all man's goings.
22 His own iniquities shall ensnare the wicked, and he shall be held with the cords of his sins.
23 He will die for lack of discipline and instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he will go astray and be lost.


Thought for the Day

Verses 14-15 - Using poetic symbolism, today's verses teach the principle of monogamy and warn of the destruction that adultery produces. Marriage is likened to a cistern of water. Water quenches thirst and is a good symbol of a love relationship. We all thirst for intimacy. True refreshment in marriage is born out of intimacy between a man and wife. The Song of Solomon also refers to the exclusivity of the marriage relationship, likened to a secret garden. Solomon described his beloved as a sealed fountain; closed to all others, but open to him - a "fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon" (Song of Solomon 4:12,15). A third party's intrusion spoils the "water." The cistern of love that refreshes husband and wife becomes bitter, affecting the relationship and all the family.

Verses 16-17 - Adultery can produce illegitimate children, and a breakdown of the family. The verses above extol the joy that can be had within the unbroken family unit, ideally composed of a man, his wife, and their offspring.

Verses 18-23 - At times, the delight in the spouse of one's youth can slip away. The enemy then tries to tempt people to quench their thirst in the embrace of an outsider. While reading this, you may be facing the temptation to embrace someone outside of your marriage. These verses warn of the consequences of unfaithfulness. We should take them to heart. The final picture of the adulterer is one of being tied up in his own sins. Like an animal that falls into a trap, it cannot escape. He will die. In marriage, as in everything else in life, the stakes are high. We choose peace and joy by obeying God's precepts, or pain and confusion by following the lusts of our flesh. By God's grace, let us choose to do right - not only for our own sakes, but for our children's.

Prayer Devotional for the Day

Father, I thank you for Your grace toward each of us, that when we are tempted, You help us to do what is right. Lord, I intercede for all who are facing temptations and are struggling to do what is right. Lord, have mercy on them. Provide an open door of escape from the traps of the enemy! Give them eyes to see the way of escape, and the conviction and strength to flee from sin. I pray for marriages that are reeling from adultery and are on the brink of collapse. God, I pray that You comfort those who have been wounded by adultery, both the one who has committed adultery, and the one who has been betrayed. I pray for healing in their relationship, healing for the children and the grace for true repentance and true forgiveness. Only You can restore the most broken relationships, and I ask now for You to show yourself mighty on behalf of all who call on You with a sincere heart. Answer their prayers, God, and fill them today with faith, hope, and love. In Jesus Name I pray! Amen.



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