Matthew 8:1-13; Exodus 39:1-40:38; Proverbs 18
Marriage is under attack in today’s society. Some would live together without the commitment of marriage. Some have a weak commitment to their marriage that will last only as long as the feelings. Others, while claiming to be committed to their marriage have, for lack of a better term, a wandering eye. Nevertheless, God still protects and blesses marriages. “He who finds a wife finds what is good, gaining favor from the LORD.” (Proverbs 18:22) I can say that this verse is definitely true. I have gained great favor from God in my marriage. Has it been easy? No, of course not. We have had rough spots and difficulties. We have had medical and financial situations that have strained the relationship, or could have. What kept us together was our commitment to God first, and then to each other. Ours could never be a perfect marriage because my wife has an imperfect husband. But in the midst of any difficulties we both remember that the vows we took over 35 years ago included first of all a commitment to God and second of all a commitment to each other. Marriage is a God-ordained commitment that brings blessings to the husband and the wife when they are both committed to God first. Today I can celebrate my marriage not because it’s my anniversary, it isn’t, but because God’s word reminds me of how much favor I have received from Him. I pray the blessings of a God-ordained marriage for all my friends.
Lord God, You have prescribed that a man and a woman should join together in marriage. I am so grateful for Your plan. Give me the grace to be the husband I need to be. I pray for all my friends who are married that You would guide and direct them. I pray for my single friends that they would find satisfaction in their relationship with You and, if You so lead them, the right mate so that they might experience this joy of relationship that You have ordained.