For the most part, this series builds the case that sex is the greatest gift that you can give to your husband. Let’s switch gears for a moment and explore how your husband’s sex drive is a gift to you. (No, you didn’t read that wrong, and it’s not a typo!)
You can spend so much time fretting about and avoiding sex that you miss the obvious. While acknowledging that sex is a huge force in your husband’s life, don’t neglect the fact that God created that force for your use as well. In fact, you should become jealous and possessive of the power inherent in your husband’s sexuality. It was intended for you!
The story of Samson has always intrigued me (Judges 13–16). What he had in brawn, he must have lacked in brains. When Sunday-school teachers tell the story of Samson, they usually skip past the fact that Samson had lady problems long before sexy Delilah entered the scene.
Samson was a strapping young man whose attention was seized by a beautiful Philistine woman. He told his parents, “Go get her for me,” which they did. (I guess they never read The Strong-Willed Child!) During the wedding feast, Samson taunted the Philistine guests with a riddle, betting them that they couldn’t solve it. Samson’s brand new wife told her kinsmen the answer to the riddle and ended up marrying Samson’s friend. The next time we see Samson with a woman, he is sleeping with a prostitute.
Fast-forward several years to Delilah, another beautiful woman. Three times, Samson lied to Delilah about the source of his strength. Three times Delilah betrayed her lover. Yet Samson stayed with her and eventually confided the true secret of his prowess. As strong as Samson’s muscles were, his sex drive appears to have been stronger.
We often look at a man’s sexual desire as a weak link or an Achilles’ heel. As with Samson or David, the promise of fleeting pleasure has the power to strip him of all that he values in life. However, what can be a source of evil can also be a force of great good. Just as twisted women are able to pull men into sin, virtuous women can use the influence of sex to call men to morality, love, and godliness.
Like many wives, you may be desperate to work on your marriage. You may long for your husband to read relationship books with you or attend marriage seminars (and actually take notes). If you really want his attention, work with the way God designed him. A great sex life won’t solve the problems in your marriage; however, it will fortify your husband’s desire and commitment to work toward intimacy. Your sexual relationship may be the “on-ramp” to communication, conflict resolution, and building the emotional intimacy you are longing for.
Like any married couple, Mike and I have our disagreements. In fact, we even have a full-out argument every now and then. He retreats to his corner, and I retreat to mine. Each wonders when the other will extend the olive branch with a hug, an apology, or a kind word. During these tense times in our marriage, I pay more attention than ever to how I look. I’m conscious to put on makeup and wear something relatively attractive. Why? Because I desperately need my husband’s attention. I want him to desire emotional and physical connection with me. It’s a potent force for encouraging reconciliation.
No amount of nagging, pleading, talking, or counseling can grab your husband’s attention the way his sexual desire for you can. Just look at advertising. No approach is used more frequently or more successfully than sex appeal. Why aren’t you using it in your marriage? As a good friend of mine says, “If you want to improve your marriage, invest in your underwear.”
Look at it this way: How is your husband likely to respond to these two statements—”Honey, I really think we need to talk about our marriage. I feel like we are drifting apart.” Versus . . . “Babe, I want to work on our sexual relationship. I want to know how to please you and how to make our sex life awesome.”
Which book do you think your husband would be more interested in reading: The Seven Keys to a Great Marriage or Red-Hot Monogamy?
Please understand — I am not suggesting that you use sexuality to manipulate your husband! Withholding sex when you don’t get your way or lavishing him with it when you do is manipulation. I am suggesting that you embrace this fact: There are many forces in your husband’s environment that use sex to garner his attention. They are stealing the power that God intended for you. Instead of sitting passively by, claim it.
Satan consistently twists into evil what God designed for good. By God’s good design, a man’s sex drive is strong. If it is harnessed and intensified within marriage, it can be an incredible force fastening a man’s affections and passions to his wife. I believe that it is right and godly to claim your husband’s sexual desire as a potent source of influence in your marriage. This power was intended for you and for no one else. Unfortunately, if you don’t claim it, someone or something else will.
“Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:14). Notice that in this verse, God tells the Israelites that His name is “Jealous.” We often think about jealousy as a bad quality, so why would God define Himself as jealous? The obvious answer is that there are some things that we should be jealous about. God’s jealousy for the hearts of His people is holy and righteous. They belong to Him and were created for His pleasure.
The same applies to your sexual relationship with your husband. You should be jealous of your husband’s sexuality! It was designed for your pleasure and intimacy. The power of his sexuality was also designed for your influence in his life. Through his sexuality, you have a powerful place in your husband’s life that should belong to only you. It sets apart your relationship as distinctive from every other person in his life. No one can share with him as you can. Instead of lamenting the compelling sexual appeal of pornography and co-workers in your husband’s life, focus your energy on reclaiming the influence that is rightly yours.
It’s Your Gift. Unwrap It!
As you digest this information, you may feel defeated by your perceived inability to meet your husband’s sexual needs. Perhaps emotional or physical limitations convince you that the gift in this series is impossible for you to unwrap. No, you cannot compete with the raw sensuality dangled at men in our culture. You have neither the energy nor the physical attributes to look like a cover girl or a Playboy centerfold. Yet what you do have to offer your husband is far more profound.
Fulfilling your husband sexually encompasses so much more than the physical act. It means inviting his sexuality into your marriage, embracing all that he is, hopes, and desires. It includes wanting to fully understand him and welcoming the sexual appetite that expresses his masculinity. It involves striving with him through weakness and temptation and covering his fears and failures. No magazine, no coworker, no porn site can be this teammate and confidante for your husband. This is your place; this is your power; this is your gift. Unwrap it.