We noted in earlier devotions from Proverbs 5 that Solomon’s discourse in this chapter has been twofold: 1) The tragic consequences of adultery (5:3-13); 2) The virtue and reward of marriage between one man and his wife (5:15-19).
Having extolled the joy and benefits of a happy, consecrated marriage, Solomon challenges his son with a question:
Proverbs 5:20 – “And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished [go astray; err; be deceived; transgress] with a strange woman [adulterous woman], and embrace [in an affectionate manner] the bosom of a stranger [not one’s wife; an adulteress]?”
Knowing the reward of marital bliss (5:15-19) and the toll and heartache infidelity takes on a man’s life, reputation and possessions (5:3-13)—Why would you allow your heart, thoughts and affections be drawn astray by a temptress?
I am afraid to contemplate the percentage of husbands and young men in our churches and homes who are slaves to pornography via the Internet. From years of counseling I know there is a direct correlation between men addicted to pornography and the high percentage of divorce in our churches. Like all sinful addictions, pornography may begin as a casual interest but accelerates into an obsession eroding a Christian’s inhibition to immorality and eventually searing his or her conscience.
Some reading today’s devotion need to confront their spouse with their suspicions and concerns for “wandering eyes”. Remember, when a man looks on a woman to lust after her he has committed adultery in his heart (Matthew 5:27-28).
There are fathers and mothers reading this devotional who need to instruct and warn their sons and daughters concerning the dangers of pornography (Proverbs 2:16-19; 6:20-35; 7:1-17). There are young adults who need to “Flee also youthful lusts” (2 Timothy 2:22) and get married!
My friend, the immoral thoughts and obsessions you entertain in your heart and thoughts will eventually destroy your marriage, home and future! Why would you allow that?
Hebrews 13:4 – “Marriage is honourable in all [precious; dear; of incomparable value], and the bed undefiled [pure; unsoiled]: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge [society might commend immoral behavior, but God promises He will be the final Judge].”
Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith