Bitter as Gall

April 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Posted in Wisdom | Leave a comment

Proverbs 5  This discourse on wisdom, the first nine chapters of Proverbs, lists some thieves that can rob us of wisdom.  They include things like acquiring debt (6:1-5); ignoring discipline (6:6-11); and using deception (6:12-15); causing dissention (6:19).  However, there is one thief more dangerous than all the others.  In fact, I am surprised that three of these nine chapters are dedicated to this one thing (5, 6, 7).  This dangerous wisdom taker is sexual immorality.  Of course, it is never presented that way in the media.  Sex is presented as exciting, fun, mature, and healthy.  In our culture, it is the fools who don’t participate.  However, God has a different measure of wisdom.  Read these chapters to get his mind on this critical subject.

          One of the protections against sexual sin is knowing the end results.  In this fifth chapter, those results are spelled out clearly:  bitter as gall; leading to death; at the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent … the brink of utter ruin; the evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of sin hold him fast; he will die for lack of discipline, lead away by his own great folly.  Read them again more slowly.  I don’t want to experience any of that.  Keep in mind the end results and the chance of sexual indiscretion is lessened.  I’ve seen too many men in my type of position ruined by one indiscretion.  I don’t want to be among their numbers.

          On the positive side, this chapter also tells us what we can enjoy about sex, and enjoy to the maximum.  Indeed, God created sex to be enjoyed in its proper context.  Rejoice in the wife of your youth; let her breasts satisfy you at all times; be captivated by her love.  I’m captivated by my wife, and I hope to always be.

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