Today I read Numbers 5 where the Lord sets forth the rules governing jealousy offerings and when a man or woman makes a mistake. When I first started this chapter my first thought was that the Lord is really concerned with when we make mistakes, but then I realized that is because we are human and we are going to make mistakes, it is going to happen.
The natural man is an enemy to God, as we are already aware. Heavenly Father knows this, of course, and so He wants to give Moses and the Israelites all the information they need to make sure that they know how to act in any given situation. It is unfortunate humans cannot stay faithful to things. They turn away from their God, from their spouse, from almost any aspect in their lives. I personally despise anyone who would have an affair and turn away sexually from their spouse for any reason. It is the ultimate betrayal to give that most sacred part of yourself that you only give to your husband/wife to another. It shows a complete lack of caring for their spouse. If they truly loved their spouse then they would stay faithful. They should come clean to their spouse that they are having trouble with feelings of attraction to another person and invite their spouse to help them. It is so much easier to overcome temptations if we get the strength and help from our spouse.
But Heavenly Father knows that people are going to have affairs and not stay faithful to their spouse and as such He wants to make sure that the Israelites know how to handle that situation. Heavenly Father knows the human heart and its follys. I'm sure most of you have heard the phrase hope for the best, plan for the worst. I think that is what Heavenly Father is doing here in this chapter. It's what all of us need to do. If we are prepared, we shall not fear. The only advice I can give is to have no secrets from your spouse. It sounds simple, but can be a challenge. But the reward is an eternity of happiness. Until tomorrow.