Proverbs are the books of God's wisdom. If you ever want to discern between the world and God's ways, Proverbs is the book to read. There is one Proverb a day for each day of the month. It's like a daily Bible read for you built right into the word of God. Day 5, Proverbs 5 -Warning Against Adultery, continually reminds me of the adultery that occurred in my own marriage, both my own and my husbands. It's a painful reminder of how we almost ruined our lives and how God interceded to change our direction and save our family.
We are creatures of love and attention. With that being said, we can look for that love in so many different ways. We have our own ideas about how we want our "fairytale" lives to look and when our marriages fail to meet our standards, we search to find it, other ways. Destructive ways. Temporary fixes that just bury us deeper in our confusion, add to our pain and complicate our already twisted lives.
I do, currently, have a "fairytale" marriage. It isn't because my husband and I changed our marriage, as much as we changed our direction and our focus. We directed our love seeking to finding God and in doing so, God healed our marriage. Our lives did not change as much as our perspective changed. Now we are overflowed with love, more than we can contain, and we don't have to search for it. It's there, it's overflowing, and it is in abundance without lack.
As people, we can search for love, too many times, in the wrong place. We blindly accept that love and sex are synonymous. So, we go to concerts and tours named "the truth about love" when it should really say, the "truth about sex". Sexual and explicit influences are in everything...our commercials, our magazines, our marketing, our billboards, our TV’s and our computers. But you won't find the truth about "love" in them. You will find a lot of sex.
Let's not get confused.
The truth about love...is found in Christ.
Proverbs 5 isn't just talking about sex either. It isn't just about cheating on your spouse through emotional or sexual relationships with other people; it's about cheating on God. Anything that steals you away from your relationship with God is adultery. You can live life in this world without it being weird. You can live faithfully to Jesus and mentor that standard in your ways and your words. God is jealous; he does love you with a passion and fire that is unlike anything you've ever experienced. He wants to lavish you with gifts and blessings. He wants it to be personal, so strong that the world can't pull you away. He will supply all of your needs...yet sometimes, we want the attention of someone/something else...and we walk away from the best thing that ever happened to us.
Let's be alert to the enemies devices.
21 For your ways are in full view of the Lord,
and he examines all your paths.
22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them;
the cords of their sins hold them fast.
23 For lack of discipline they will die,
led astray by their own great folly.