Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well(Prov. 5:15 ESV)
I am sure many of you might have read the scripture above from the book of Proverbs but not many realize that it is talking about sex. Solomon instructs us to drink water out of our own cistern or well. The Lord is speaking figuratively and calls sex “water”. This is very foundational and instructional to all of us.
There are very few ways that sin manifests its dominion over humanity that can be compared to sexual craving. It is the idolatry of the modern world that has replaced worshipping of stones and sticks in the ancient world. However, God is the Author of sex. The verse above gives us one of His purposes for sex by calling sex water. Water satisfies the thirst or inner need or longing of a person’s soul. That is how God originally created sex to meet a deep and inner longing of a person’s body and soul. However, He tells us above “drink water from your own cistern”, meaning you should have sexual relations only with your wife or husband only.
Sex outside of marriage is drinking water from another person’s well, whether before marriage or after marriage. Satan is destroying lives, homes, and entire communities with uncontrollable sexual passions and desires. He understands that one of the greatest human weaknesses is found in our sexual cravings and he has mustered all his artillery to expose every one of us to sexually provocation images or songs in one day that Methuselah did not have even a 10th in the entire 969 years that he lived!
The world glamorizes sex outside of marriage. In fact, did you notice that the flesh tells you that sexual adventures are better than being stuck with one man or woman? If you doubt it, an adulterer in Proverbs told us about it. She said “ Stolen water is sweet” (Prov. 9:17 ESV). Do you know what that means? She is saying when you cheat or “have fun before marriage” with sex, it is sweeter. A related verse tells us that after we have had the “sweet water,” our mouths will be full of gravel! ( Prov. 20:17).
Sex is God’s natural gift to us. Satan is taking advantage of it to ruin lives and destroy God’s purposes in our lives. The Lord instructs us to drink water from our own well!
Read more: The Other Side of Sex Beside the Pleasure.
Please take a moment to read Proverbs. 5:13-23 now.
Apply the Word
If the world is crazy and wild about sexual perversion and immorality, it is understandable, because they are lost and Christ is the only hope for them. The problem is not the world but the Church. When sex before marriage or even ministers having affairs in Church, then you know we have got a problem—a huge problem for that matter. Brethren, God has called us to purity. Let every one that is called by the Name of the Lord depart from iniquity ( 2 Tim. 2:9).
Ask the Lord to help us become spiritually strong and able to stand the pressures from the culture around us.