Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 5:15-23. Water is considered to be a precious commodity in many nations of the world, including Israel. In this Scripture Solomon compares the marriage relationship to drinking from a well.
He encourages his sons to drink water only from their own well. He tells them to let their fountains be scattered abroad. He says to let their fountains be pure and not be combined with those of strangers.
He tells them to let their fountain be blessed and rejoice with the wife of their youth. He encourages them to have loving relationships with their wives and to never embrace strange women.
He warns them that the LORD’S eyes are watching and He knows everything we do. Our sins and wickedness will take hold of us. Without instruction we will die in our sins because we have been lead astray.
Solomon wants his sons to stay on the right path. Not only can having relationships that are not pure destroy our marriages, but it can also cause us to stray from God. When we have sin in our lives it puts distance between us and God as well as us and our mate.
The marriage relationship is similar to the relationship that we have with the Lord. As we are only to have one wife or husband, we are to serve only one God.
Even Jesus had to tell Satan to leave him alone in Matthew 4:10, “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
We need to be proactive when the devil tempts us and tell Him to go away and leave us alone. We know that it is his job to kill, steal, and destroy so it is important that we resist him and the temptation that he has to offer.
If we nurture our marriage relationship we will be less likely to give into the temptations that come our way. We can grow old together and still be in love after many years of marriage.
Daily Bible Reading:
15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee.
18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
Things to think about:
- How does Solomon compare the marriage relationship to a fountain of water?
- In what way is the marriage relationship similar to the relationship we are to have with Christ?
- What does Solomon say our folly (foolishness) can cause?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture in Proverbs we see the importance of having a monogamous relationship with our husband or wife. Help us to resist the temptations of the enemy and to have a loving relationship with our spouse. Forgive us of the times we have failed you in this area and help us to be strong in the LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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About the book:
The Book of Haggai: Consider Your Ways is a Daily Bible Reading Study of the book of Haggai by Deborah H. Bateman. It is the twenty-fifth book in the Daily Bible Reading Series by the author. Haggai was one of the prophets from the Old Testament of the Bible.
In the book of Haggai the LORD reveals a message to Haggai for the people asking them to consider your ways. The LORD also reminded the people through Haggai that He was with them, among other things. These are lessons that we can still use today in our lives.
The Book of Haggai: Consider Your Ways contains four Daily Bible Reading lessons consisting of a brief commentary by the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scriptures, a few questions to consider called, “Things to think about,” and a prayer of the day. It is a great Bible study for individual or group study.
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