Today’s word for May 31, 2011

The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
Do not spend your strength on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings.
Proverbs 31:1-3

In the last chapter of the book of the Proverbs of King Solomon, as in Chapter 30, we see again the wise king making use of a pseudonym to dissert about one or two specific topics. The first of these subjects is that of life’s pleasures. King Lemuel‘s mother ─ Bathsheba or another figure of speech? ─ instructs him to not spend his strength on women. It is obvious that Solomon ignored the valuable instructions left by his mother, because according to the first book of the Kings, Solomon ended up having 700 wives and 300 concubines. This obvious and gargantuan excess brought terrible consequences to Salomon’s life for his heart was perverted by the negative influence of these women and he ceased to be faithful to God by shamelessly turning to idolatry. God Himself appeared to him personally on two occasions to prohibit him from continuing with idolatry, but the spiritual failure of the wisest man in history made him disobey the covenant, decrees and direct and specific instructions of God. In his reflections on life, Solomon concludes that women became a trap for him, that their idolatrous hearts had been a trap net for him and that their arms were heavy chains around him.

In the world’s collective unconscious there are still remnants of an era when having several “fronts” was common and acceptable, and although today such behavior might not be too visible ─at least publicly, man’s heart is as inclined to infidelity as it once was. No wonder Solomon rightly concludes that there is nothing new under the sun! The truly wise man does not have to conduct anthropological experiments as Solomon did to receive the wisdom that comes from above. By submerging oneself into the word of God one will find everything one needs to know to be able to lead a life that is pleasing to God. To God alone be the glory!

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