July 20: God's Wisdom in Human Sexuality (Proverbs 5)
Drink water from your own cistern,
flowing water from your own well.
Should your springs be scattered abroad,
streams of water in the streets?
Let them be for yourself alone,
and not for strangers with you.
Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
be intoxicated always in her love.
Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman
and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
For a man's ways are before the eyes of the LORD,
and he ponders all his paths. (ESV)
Sexual temptation is a problem as old as the human race. Yet in our age of increased freedom regarding sexuality, there is a corresponding confusion and disappointment attached to it. Proverbs 5 offers both grace and wisdom to us as well as some practical help in walking in a manner worthy of the gospel in our sexuality. God proves himself gracious as he leads us to rightly enjoy and understand our sexuality. For some, the language used will be shocking; for others, this brings shame and guilt over past failures. Let us seek grace as we consider God’s wisdom in how to live in the face of sexual temptation.
Review and Apply
- What terms does Solomon use to describe the sexual temptation faced by this young man (vv. 1-6)? How is the same temptation faced by a young woman as well?
- What role do parents of younger adults have in warning of the dangers of sexual temptation?
- What is the expected posture of a younger adult to the instruction of parents? How well do you respond to teaching?
- What steps do you need to take to keep far from sexual temptation?
- Men: Are you guarding your eyes and mind? Women: How does your dress and demeanor reveal a heart devoted to God?
- What are some of the costs associated with failing to avoid temptation (vv. 9-14)?
- How is martial intimacy a means of grace helping us in our fight against sexual temptation (vv. 15-19)?
- How does the reality that God ponders our path (v. 21) help you in your fight against sexual temptation?
- How does the gospel and the promise of ultimate victory encourage us in the fight?
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