MARRIAGE – A GARDEN FULL OF TREASURES
I welcome you to another interesting edition of Family Life. It is my prayer that God’s word will illuminate your family life, in Jesus name. All through this month, I will be sharing with you on a subject, which I titled, Marriage – A garden full of treasures.
Marriage can be likened to a garden. According to the Oxford Dictionary, a garden is a piece of ground used for growing things such as flowers, fruit, vegetables, etc. The Bible tells us that the marriage garden was planted by God Himself …the Lord God planted a garden… (Genesis 2:8). Marriage is not just an ordinary garden, but a garden full of treasures.
God, Himself is the Great Planter of this garden and you can be sure that His design is the best. The maximum yield of a physical garden is determined by the use to which it is put, and how well it is taken care of. The marriage garden operates this way, too. Put this garden to the best use and you will get maximum yield from it. If you take proper care of it, the output will be affected positively. This week, I will be showing you how to dig out the treasure in the marriage garden.
Treasures are highly valued objects, which when profitably traded with, take one off the realm of the ordinary to that of the supernatural. They also raise one from the realm of poverty to riches. In the same way, when the treasures in marriage are properly harnessed, one is bound to enjoy success. You must believe that those treasures are there and then consciously dig them out before you can profit by them. I am a living witness and testimony to the fact that the marriage garden is full of treasures.
By the grace of God, I have already started digging out some of the treasures in it, and I tell you, they are profitable. God is no respecter of persons; the same Lord is rich unto all. You can also start digging out the treasures and make use of them, to the glory of God.
You will observe that I said digging, not wishing. That means you cannot get the treasures in marriage by wishing. Haven’t you heard, “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride?” Well, wishes are not horses. So, you cannot stay in your house and say, “How I wish I can enjoy the treasures in the family.” You must work for it. There can be no achievement without demand. The strength required for digging will be supplied to you, in Jesus name.
You may ask, how then do I dig out the treasure in this garden? The act of digging is a process, let us examine some:
Digging to know the one you are married to is a must. We must study and understand our spouses. Proverbs 24:3 says: Through wisdom is a house built; and by understanding it is established. If you want an established and fulfilled home, you must utilize the tool of understanding to dig into your spouse. Remember, what your home becomes is determined by how much you have invested in digging up its treasures. Solomon wanted to establish the kingdom God gave him. So, when God appeared unto him and told him to ask whatever he wanted, he asked for wisdom to rule God’s people, and God gave it to him (1kings 3:9,12). You too can ask God for wisdom to cultivate the marriage garden so as to reap the treasure therein.
Diligence is defined as a careful and persistent effort. Many people don’t want to dig, but they want to enjoy the treasures. Most treasures are buried deep inside the earth, and you have to diligently dig to find it. Diligent digging is required to have access to the treasures in the home. The Bible says in Hebrews 6:11, And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end. This means that to see what you hope for being fully realized, diligence is required.
Other requirements for digging up treasures in the marriage garden are determination, patience and time. Remember God is the Great Planter of the marriage garden. If you must enjoy the treasures in your marriage garden, you must first identify with the planter.
If you are not yet born again and you desire to do so right now, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 or 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building a Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-authored).