As I was reading Proverbs 5 this morning, something in the footnotes caught my eye. You are probably familiar with 5:19b and 20 which read “be intoxicated always in her love (the wife of your youth). Why should you be intoxicated my son, with a forbidden woman…” The thing that caught my eye was that the ESV study bible says that the literal Hebrew that is translated “intoxicated” is “to be led astray”.
The image that comes to my mind when i think of someone being led astray is always negative. I certainly understand why Solomon would warn his son to avoid the forbidden woman, as many a young man has brought unnecessary pain into his life through the pursuit of momentary pleasures.
But to be led astray by and through the love of the wife of your youth. It is such a beautiful picture. To truly forsake all others and everything else because you know that this one love will fulfill your human hearts desire above all others. To be led astray and love every minute of it. And for God to be smiling over it as well.
Too often, men are led astray by work, sports, or pleasures that ultimately lead to stress, loss, and ruin. My prayer today is that I will continue to be led astray and intoxicated with Jackie, and let all of the other stuff fade to black.
A parting thought…God desires for us to be led astray and intoxicated with Him above all. To be so in love with the creator of the universe and the redeemer of our souls that we are led astray from thoughts and cares of the world and only pursue Him, with the love of our life by our side.
That my friends, is a life worth living.