Matthew 14:22-36; Leviticus 22-23; Proverbs 31
A friend recently posted this on Facebook: “I don’t see how anyone can be in a marriage or a relationship, when they both aren’t laughing at each other and with each other daily. What a miserable existence!” I love it when people post things that remind me of how much God has blessed me with an amazing wife. Contrary to the opinion of many, the Bible places a high value on women and marriage that is based on mutual commitment to God is one of the best things any man or woman can experience.
Proverbs 31 is basically a song to godly women. After talking about all the things that women can do, it ends with this description: “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” In my wife I see a woman whose first commitment is to fear and honor the Lord in all that she says and does. She shows that these three descriptions are not mutually exclusive because her beauty is not fleeting – she is more beautiful today than the day I met her, and her charm is an outgrowth of her commitment to Jesus Christ. Her love and her attitude draw people to Christ. Anytime I read these verses I can think of no better example than my wife. If you are a husband, I hope and pray that you would be willing to argue with me. You won’t convince me, but you would be blessed if you could feel the same way about your wife.
We live in times when marriage is under attack. I know many people want to point at others and say, “It’s your fault.” The truth of the matter is that marriage is under attack as much from those in the church as from any other location. We have lost that sense of wonder and awe in our relationships with our spouses. Rather than sticking together through tough times, we find excuses to escape a relationship that we at one time were convinced was a gift from God. Perhaps if we, God’s people, would renew our commitment to God first and then to each other, we would be the example God wants us to be and we would see God’s gift of marriage thriving in the way God intended it to thrive.