Thursday, April 14, 2011

Standing Out

Good morning everyone.

God was and is the creator of all that is good. When God created Adam he wanted him to realize that there was more to life than being a gardener and caretaker of animals. He wanted Adam to experience loneliness that comes from not being complete. We know that in God’s perfect timing he put Adam to sleep and made Eve out of one of his ribs. This is what Adam said when he first woke up and found the most beautiful creature standing next to him, “WOW, at last this is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man”.

God knew exactly what Adam needed. Since the Creator of the Universe made Adam he would know just what he needed. Isn’t God good like that! He already knows what we need, even before we do. God’s prescription for success in marriage is found in Genesis 2:24-25.

”Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife and they shall become one flesh.” Now I don’t know about you but every time I read this passage I have to think that both Adam and Eve had puzzled looks on their faces. The leaving parents bit would have seemed silly to them. They never had in-law problems! The firstborn should have some benefits!

Marriage was the very first covenant that God instituted. Over time man has distorted this relationship but from God’s vantage point it has never changed from the garden. When two people marry that love the LORD there is a sweetness that can’t be duplicated. Marriage was and is a gift, a very precious gift to mankind.

How can we then duplicate that sweetness and innocence? By being the very best husbands and wives that we can be. When we as a couple go into the world people will be watching. All you have to do is look about any night of the week and see married couples on TV. There is no sweetness, no innocence, no holding fast. Women disrespect their husbands, husbands don’t love their wives. Unkind words go flying. Words that should never be spoken are hurled out for anyone to hear them.

As Christians we should be living by a higher standard. It isn’t just the length of time we have been married that will be a good witness, but how we treat our marriages. If we are looking out for the other’s well being we would be very careful what we say in public and in private. Are they treasures meant to be protected at all cost? Or are they a commodity that can be thrown out on a whim? How we answer that question will tell what kind of witness we are.

God wants us to honor our spouses. To hold them in high regard. I know some of you are reading this and saying, “Jill, you don’t know my husband, he is ……. Or, Jill you don’t know how my wife….Fill in the blank. Remember my story that I shared? This was a concept I had to learn. It wasn’t always easy but once I learned the treasure God had given me it was easier to hold what I had in high regard.

Look at your marriage. Pray and ask God to show you how your attitude helps or hinders this God ordained covenant. Till tomorrow.

In Christ,

Jill

1 comment:

  1. Great post! We can never have too many about doing marriage right!

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