God’s Perspective of Marriage
Welcome to another glorious month! Right from creation, God demonstrated His interest in and the value placed on the marriage and family, by being practically involved in its institution. He carefully put it together step by step. He put man into sleep, made a woman and presented her to man. Therefore, giving the impression that marriage is divine. That is why, this month, by the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, I will be looking at God’s Perspective of Marriage.
Whether you are married or intending to get married soon, as you follow this teaching with concentration, God will open your eyes to the truth that will exempt you from the heartaches and sorrows that others experience in marriage.
God’s view of marriage is different from that of man. God’s Word says: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord (Isaiah 55:8).
God instituted marriage after He finished His work. God’s Word says: He …saw everything that He had made, and, behold it was very good (Genesis 1:31). God is good and nothing less than good proceeds from Him. If marriage is evil, God would not have initiated it. This week, I will be sharing with you on one of the ways God views marriage.
Marriage is Good
God’s view about marriage is that it is GOOD and it is to be enjoyed. God’s view is contrary to man’s view on marriage. Some people say, “Marriage is a necessary evil.” Others introduce a state of irony into this holy institution. They contend that the married are looking for a way of escape, while the unmarried are eager to get into it. This assertion is borne out of man’s philosophy and the experience of those who have not found fulfilment in marriage. But neither philosophy nor experience is the truth; God’s Word is.
A woman once came to my husband for counselling one day and she began by making a sweeping statement that every home has its own peculiar problem. My husband had to cut in to correct her and pointed out that there are exceptions. Having problems in the home is not the rule. That you are sick, for instance, does not mean that everybody else is sick. The fact that some people experience problems, defeat and failure in marriage does not mean that everybody else is having similar experiences. No experience is as strong as the Word of God; rather, all experiences should be judged in the light of the Word. Any experience that is contrary to the Word of God should be thrown away. Marriage is what the Word says it is. It is good!
God intends that believers’ homes be a heaven-on-earth, where they can enjoy the kingdom of God and the abundance it has to offer.
There are always two concepts or views on every issue of life – God’s and man’s. The two are always ever contrary to each other. The individual is expected to choose whether to accept God’s concept or man’s concept. God’s concept will always bring fulfilment when followed, while man’s concept will lead to a disastrous end.
This assertion is true of marriage, too. God’s ways and thoughts are higher than man’s, and His perceptions are perfect. It is by accepting and walking by God’s own concept that one can find fulfilment in life.
Buttressing the fact that marriage is good, Paul says: Marriage is honourable in all… (Hebrews 13:4). If marriage is evil, it cannot at the same time be honourable. Since it is honourable, it cannot be evil. James also says that: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17).
Scripturally, marriage is good! It is the use to which some put it that paints a deceptive picture of evil. Whatever man’s concept you have heard about marriage put it aside and believe what the Bible says about marriage because this is the only authentic view. Ever before I got married, I already discovered and accepted God’s concept of marriage, at the expense of man’s concept, which has captured many men and it is working for me. To the glory of God, I am not only enjoying the goodness in marriage, I am also moving towards perfection in it. You can enjoy it also because the same God is rich unto all and He is no respecter of persons!
Marriage is good and not what your unbeliever friend said it is. Many people believe the ideas of men more than the Word of God, and it is a spiritual law that what you believe affects what you experience. It is a spiritual law that it shall be unto you, according to your faith.
God’s grace is the carrier of salvation. If you respond to it today, you will escape the distress, which most couples are facing. If you desire to be born-again, say this prayer of faith: 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 email@example.com, 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).