Enjoy Your Wife

Published on Dec 3rd, 2012 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0

Solomon was a man who had learned his lesson.  More than any man who has ever lived, Solomon had experienced it all.  I am not exactly sure when he learned his lesson, either after he experienced it all or during his experiences, but either way, God led him to understand that unless life is lived in obedience and fear of God it is vanity or vapor.  Experiences or things may look like they can satisfy or bring joy and purpose but when they are grabbed – they fade away.

The Bible shares with us that Solomon had a few wives.  He wandered over to the greener grass a few times in his life.  After doing that a few hundred times, he had some advice for men whose eyes and mind have been wandering:

“Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth…Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because it is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.  Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.”  Prov 5:18; Ecc 9:9,10

            It is possible to stop rejoicing and enjoying the wife of your youth.  Not to be overly simplistic but I am going to be overly simplistic – you stop rejoicing and enjoying your wife because you choose to stop rejoicing and enjoying your wife.  Solomon says here to choose to rejoice and enjoy.  When you met your wife, she was not perfect.  She had many flaws and sins.  Yet you chose to cover those faults and chose to rejoice and enjoy those qualities that God had produced in her life.  You made a choice to love her.  You chose to rejoice in those good qualities.  You chose to enjoy life with her.  As the years have gone by maybe you have now chosen to think more about those things that you do not love more than the things you do love about her.  Stop doing that!!  Choose to rejoice in who she is.  Choose, once again, to enjoy life with your wife.

As you read this passage you might get the idea that Solomon is doing what you have been doing – pouting and resigning himself to living his miserable life.  That is not what he is doing.  He has  simply realized that without God in the picture, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, in this life that will bring him joy and purpose.  The world says that if you are unhappy – go ahead and find someone else – Solomon says that he tried that and it is like vapor – looks good but when you go to grab it, there is nothing there.  Rejoice in your wife and enjoy life because that is what God has called you to do and fearing God and walking in obedience is the only path to joy.

Take advice from a man who knows.  Solomon has tried it all and the path to joy and purpose is the path that fears God and walks in obedience to him.  That path is the path that chooses to rejoice in their wife and then chooses to enjoy life with her.  It truly is a choice we all can and should make.

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