The most-essential essential of life on planet Earth is water.
Water is the metaphor used repeatedly by Solomon in Proverbs 5:15-18 to describe the value of a loving wife to her husband. “Drink water from your own cistern and running water from your own well. Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, streams of water in the streets? Let them be only your own and not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed and rejoice with the wife of your youth.”
Note those words again: Cistern. Well. Fountain.
A loving wife is like:
- A cistern—a great blessing that requires care, attention, and maintenance.
- An oasis—a haven of goodness within a hostile environment.
- A spring—a source of refreshment and renewal for parched, thirsty souls.
- A well—an invaluable resource to all who need her.
- A fountain—a work of beauty and grace that enriches the quality of life.
“An excellent wife is the crown of her husband” (Proverbs 12:4); “why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman and be embraced in the arms of a seductress?” (Proverbs 5:20).