“Behold, this is what I found, says the Preacher, while adding one thing to another to find the scheme of things – which my soul has sought repeatedly, but I have not found. One man among a thousand I found, but a woman among all these I have not found. See, this alone I found, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes.” – Ecclesiastes 7:27-29
I’ve been an adulterer.
It grieves me to admit it, but it’s true. Since my husband reads this stuff, let me be clear that this adultery has nothing to do with my marriage of nineteen years.
James 4 refers to this kind of unfaithfulness as spiritual adultery – a friendship with the world that steals our affection, love, and devotion away from our first love. We would surely chose another word to describe it to lessen the blow, but James calls it like it is: “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (Jas. 4:4). The betrayal can happen in an instant, but often times our worldly embrace creeps in more subtly. An indulgence here. A compromise there. We take in the temptations around us in doses we think are undetectable, safe and manageable… until we are consumed by the desires of our flesh, the desires of our eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:15–16).
But God made us for something more.
God made man upright, but one devastating choice in the garden changed all that (Genesis 3). Instead of embracing the fullness of life that was designed by their Creator, Adam and Eve stepped out from under God’s authority and became intimate friends of the world. As spiritual adulterers they slipped into boredom with God and ran after what looked good, what tasted good, and what they thought could fulfill their longings for more: more wisdom, more authority, more control. They convinced themselves that it was a deserved indulgence; a small compromise that would elevate their status and satisfy their deepest longings. They were dead wrong.
They forgot that they were made to be satisfied by the lover of their souls.
“When you become so blind that the maker of galaxies and ruler of nations and knower of all mysteries and lover of our souls becomes boring, then only one thing is left – the love of the world. For the heart is always restless. It must have its treasure: if not in heaven, then on earth.” – Piper
I have been an adulterer too.
I’ve been blind to the goodness of God; seeking what I want from the world instead of the Jesus I need.
Just like the rest of the Bible, the book of Ecclesiastes points us to a greater unfolding Story – the Story that paves the way for the much needed coming Messiah. He’s the missing piece of the puzzle, in Solomon’s life… and in ours. It’s a reminder of who we are without God, how our deceitful hearts constantly wander, and just how desperate we are for a Savior.
Let’s talk in the comments below: What worldly thing are you pursing right now instead of Jesus?
Would you fall to your knees, repent, and choose today to be the day that faithfulness returns to your covenant relationship with Him?
One woman at a time, let’s storm heaven and return to the Jesus we need…
At His feet,