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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Honey and Sexual Temptation (Proverbs 27:7)

 "He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet."

I remember reading years ago that smart shoppers shop on a full stomach. Hungry shoppers spend more money and buy impulsively whereas those who've just eaten are less likely to buy impulsively. (This makes me wonder, did the serpent approach Eve at dinner time?)

I meet with numerous groups of younger women weekly to study the Bible and to mentor them in the areas listed in Titus 2:4-5. Paul instructs the older women to teach the younger first "to love their husbands." Loving their husband includes meeting his sexual needs. Men whose wives meet their sexual needs regularly are less likely to commit adultery just as those who are full aren't interested in honey. But the man whose needs aren't met on a regular basis is less able to resist the temptation that bombards him on a daily basis.

Women who no longer want to meet their husbands needs regularly should ask themselves a simple question, "Why am I unwilling to meet my husbands needs?" Sending him off to his workplace "satisfied" is like going to the grocery store full. Temptation never disappears but satisfied appetites empower resistance.

Wisdom teaches wives to take care of their man!

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Proverbs 24:23-27:27
  • What do the wise teach about the sluggard or the lazy person?
  • How are the wicked like the dross of silver?
  • How does Solomon use nature to teach wisdom?
  • How are enemies to be treated?
  • What role does gossip have in conflict?
  • How does Solomon negatively describe certain women in today's reading?
  • What are others areas of hunger besides that of food and sex that tempt people and, left unguarded, cause bitterness and regret?
Turning truth into prayer:
Ask the Lord to show you areas in your life where your resistance to temptation is low. And, if the above application to Proverbs 27:7 speaks to you and your relationship with your husband determine before the Lord to initiate the fulfillment of his sexual needs.