Warmth on a cold winter night dispelling away the nattering of the teeth and the shivering of the body… The liquid in a pot boiling and dissipating the aroma of the ingredients immersed in it…. A flickering flame dispersing the darkness with dilating pupils taking in the surroundings… Various forms of controlled fire are certainly beneficial. On the other hand, when a fire is uncontrolled, out of the fire place it simply spreads like wild fire and burns things down. Everything has a place of its own.
When fire is controlled (not quenched), it has its uses. It is started in the designated place and needs a few factors to work together. For example, gas needs to be connected to the stove ensuring no leaks and then ignited. On the other hand, a fireplace requires more work to get going!
Sexuality is a good thing in the arena of marriage. In fact the Bible promotes sexuality within marriage. One just has to read the book Song of Solomons! Sex has been ordained for reproduction as well as companionship / intimacy. When the fire of passion is lit outside its designated place, much damage is done. The 5th chapter of Proverbs lists the mechanisms of adultery in the case of the woman initiating it! She first lures with sweetness and “in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword”. In fact the Bible describes the adulteress, “she gives no thought to the way of life her paths are crooked but she knows it not” (vs.6). The writer of Proverbs then ends the chapter encouraging the man to “drink water from your own cistern”. He pens, “May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth”. It’s obvious from verses 19-20 that the author (inspired by God of course) isn’t referring to love alone but sexuality too.
King David was a classic example of the fire out of the fireplace burning things down! “One evening, David got up from his bed… and saw a woman bathing” (2 Samuel 11:2). He inquired about her and despite knowing she was married, he brought her to him. David soon found out that she was pregnant and tried to find ways to cover up for his mistake. He brought down Uriah the husband who was out at war, and tried a couple of times to get Uriah to sleep with his wife Bathsheba. His schemes were unsuccessful. Finally he resorted to get Uriah killed in the battle and took Bathsheba as his own wife.
Ok, he did the wrong thing – no, many wrong things. However what was the first mistake he made? Was it seeing the woman or was it calling for her despite finding out that she was actually married? In fact his first wrong act starts before that. It was spring time and that was the time that kings go off to war (2 Samuel 11:1). He “remained in Jerusalem” and sent the others. He wasn’t where he was supposed to be. Idleness caused him to sin and also face the consequences.
Where is God asking you to be today? Where are you today? Are you doing what He wants you to do? Or have you chosen to do something totally different to what HE wants you to do? You are welcome to make your choices but there will be consequences to be faced!
A fire out of the fireplace burns things down.