Reading through the Bible together
One might expect that Solomon would have something to say about the dangers of adultery! After reading this chapter, one could conclude that if Solomon had his life to live over again, he would have been stronger (possibly even wiser?), and not been taken with so many women, but rather, content with just one. He knows he wants something better for his son.
If Solomon’s son hasn’t listened to anything else up to this point, he wants him to sit up and take note now. “Listen well to my words,” he says (v. 1). “Do not turn aside from what I have to say” (v. 7).
“Drink water from your own cistern,” he counsels, suggesting that the benefits of a monogamous relationship far outweigh the alternative. Solomon’s wish for his son is that he doesn’t repeat his own mistakes, but that he live a life more disciplined than himself, and rejoice in the wife of his youth (v. 18).
With shame and regret, Solomon ends the chapter by acknowledging that everything he has done has been in full view of the Lord, and that his own great folly and lack of discipline have led him astray.
Today, what, for lack of discipline, is leading you astray? Surrender it to God before it’s too late.
Jackie Ordelheide Smith
Communication ManagerGeneral Conference Ministerial Association