God’s Purpose for Intimacy

“Drink water from your own cistern, and running water from your own well. Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, streams of water in the streets? Let them be only your own, and not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth.”

Proverbs 5:15-18

Ponder This

God gave us sex, not only for procreation, but for fellowship, communion, joy, comfort, and mutual love. In the Bible, when a husband and wife would come together sexually, it was said that they knew one another. What does that mean? It means that sex is a form of communication that cannot be put into words. It is a way of saying “I love you” that cannot be said any other way. God’s law in Scripture is not trying to keep sex from you; God is keeping sex for you. Did you get that? Sex is a wonderful, beautiful gift from God.

If you had a piece of art from Rembrandt or Van Gogh, chances are you wouldn’t have that hanging on your family room wall. It would be in a vault somewhere. And God has protected sex because it is so intrinsically beautiful and wonderful. God is not negative concerning the sexual life; He is very positive concerning sex rightfully given. Sex is like the sod in your yard—it’s beautiful there, but take a shovel full and put it on your living room floor, and it’s just dirt. In its place it is right. Out of its place, it is so wrong.

  • Have you ever had a tough time trusting that God’s law was for your good? What was that like?
  • How has God’s law been a blessing in your life?

Practice This

Think about the instructions in Scripture that you wrestle with the most. Ask God to help you in those areas.

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