The Rewards of Right Sexual Behavior
Let’s read the end of chapter 5 in Proverbs:
Drink water from your own cistern, And running water from your own well. 16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets? 17 Let them be only your own, And not for strangers with you. 18 Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth. 19 As a loving deer and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured with her love. 20 For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman, And be embraced in the arms of a seductress? 21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, And He ponders all his paths. 22 His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And he is caught in the cords of his sin. 23 He shall die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
Solomon uses an interesting analogy to describe the blessings of sexual activity between a husband and a wife. He uses the analogy of water being dispersed abroad, running through the street, not really accomplishing any benefit. This is how he describes sexual activity outside of marriage with one’s spouse. Then he contrasts that with a fountain, where the water is contained to one spot or location. How much more beautiful and even useful is a fountain compared to a bunch of water running in the street?
There is great pleasure and benefit to following God’s wisdom in the area of sexual activity. I remember a famous quote by Roger Staubach, the former quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. He was being interviewed and asked to compare himself and his relationship with his wife to Joe Namath, a fellow quarterback who was known for “dispersing his fountain” around an awful lot. Roger said the following: “I’m sure that I am just as sexually active as Joe Namath…just with one woman!” He hit that one out of the park.
Let’s not be entrapped by sexual sin; rather, in God’s timing and purpose, let us enjoy what He has created within the boundary that He has established.