Proverbs 5:15 NKJV
Drink water from your own cistern, And running water from your own well.
Proverbs 5:15 AMP
Drink waters out of your own cistern [of a pure marriage relationship], and fresh running waters out of your own well.
When we distance ourselves from our spouse, we distance ourselves from God because God wants our relationship to mirror His relationship with us. This can lead a door open to the enemy for our spouse to seek satisfaction from other places. I love how the Voice translation puts it.
Proverbs 5:15 VOICE
Here’s what you should do to be satisfied: go home and drink in the pleasures of your own cistern, your wife; enjoy the sweet, fresh water that has been there all along, flowing from your own well.
Husbands should find satisfaction at home in their wives. Wives, are we being sweet? Are we refreshing our husbands like fresh water? We need to build our husbands up and encourage them when things are dry. If we leave them in the desert too long, they might be seduced by the mirage of happiness that the enemy has placed before them somewhere else. I’m not making excuses for wrong behavior, I am only exposing the enemies plans.
Proverbs 5:15 MSG
Do you know the saying, “Drink from your own rain barrel, draw water from your own spring-fed well”? It’s true. Otherwise, you may one day come home and find your barrel empty and your well polluted.
Men, if you leave your wives overflowing she may also become polluted by releasing her water elsewhere. It always amazes me how God instructs and warns us in all things by His word!
Ephesians 5:25-27 NKJV
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
Husbands not only are called to drink from the well of his wife, but also wash her with the water that he receives from the word of God. He must also encourage and bless her. Sometimes, we do not feel like doing this. Our flesh and pride can get in the way, especially when we are hurt or are in disagreement. God wants our marriages to be without the imperfections that are acceptable to the world. We need to work on loving and refreshing one another with the word and according to the word so are marriages may be holy and without blemish.
Father, we thank You for Your word that is rich and sure to instruct us in all things. Help us to be like rivers of living waters in our own homes. Let our wells be full and ready for the satisfaction of our spouse. Forgive us for distancing ourselves when we should be drawing closer. Heal us from the dysfunctions and perversions of our past that may be hindering our intimacy in our marriage. Convict our hearts when we are responding wrong and show us how to mirror our marriage to our relationship with You. We want our marriage to be without blemish and holy before You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!