5 Drink water from your own cistern,
flowing water from your own well.
16 Should your springs be scattered abroad,
streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be for yourself alone,
and not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
19 a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
be intoxicated always in her love.
20 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman
and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
21 For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord,
and he ponders all his paths.
22 The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,
and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.
23 He dies for lack of discipline,
and because of his great folly he is led astray.
This passage of Proverbs is a bit steamy as we read about marriage. A partnership for life! Often times, society will have us to believe that marriage isn’t until death do we part, but its more like until I can’t take anymore, then I part! Marriage is a covenant between three folks, God, man, and woman. Should for some reason, the covenant becomes shaky, cracked, or broken, we gotta remember that all parties matter. A partnership only works and is a true partnership when all parties involved are active, present, and doing their jobs! In a marriage its just that simple…..the husband should focus on pleasing the wife, the wife focus on pleasing the husband, and together, they both focus on pleasing God. For if God is pleased, the rest will fall into place.
I’ve been with my life partner, my husband for 16 years, and during those times time, I’ve wanted a divorce. It’s when times were hard, whether at my hand or his, I couldn’t find the extra umff to carry on. When I finally realized that it wasn’t about him, but it was about me seeking God, asking Him to change me, and to give me understanding for my husband, that’s when the turn-around began.
There’s no magic trick to marriage……just a willing heart to follow God, and the rest will come.
Seek to be partners for life-