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!
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