“I got singers, both men and women, and many concubines, the delight of the sons of man….” (Ecclesiastes 2:8)
I need to be careful with this one. I’m not saying that women or men are without meaning or purpose at all. I’m just saying that if we seek for ultimate meaning and purpose in human relationships, we’re going to be disappointed.
Solomon famously had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. If his father David could lust after and take Solomon’s mother Bathsheba from her first husband, then it seems that their son Solomon went into overdrive in taking whatever woman he wanted.
He sought to justify his actions in worldly-wise ways: by marrying all these pagan women he was making alliances with all the pagan nations that surrounded God’s people Israel. But where is the security of God’s people found? In politics or relationship, or in the Lord our God?
Our God is a jealous Lover, He will not share His glory with another.
Before we judge Solomon, what about us? Are we lusting after lovers, whether in ‘real life’ or in the pixelated world of the internet, where real people are abused and exploited for the titillation of so many of us?
‘O Lord God, have mercy upon us for looking in lesser loves for the meaning that can only be found in You. May we wholeheartedly love You as You deserve, for the honour of Your name, amen.’