Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all he does, he prospers.
The world has much to say about marriage. We’re told half of all marriages end in divorce and that it’s good to have sex or live together before marriage just so we know if we’re compatible. And perhaps one of the most dangerous lies is that if we aren’t happy in our marriage, we deserve to be and it’s okay to find someone else who will make us happy.
But the Bible says something far different … Scripture reveals the covenant relationship of marriage and the value God places upon our faithfulness to our vows.
In his book, Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas writes:
What if God didn’t design marriage to be “easier”? What if God had an end in mind that went beyond our happiness, our comfort, and our desire to be infatuated and happy as if the world were a perfect place?
What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy? (13)
These verses from Psalm 1 remind us of the importance of rejecting the promises of the world for the truth we find in Scripture. One of the best investments we ever make in our marriages is being rooted in the Word of God.
Father, our prayer is to be planted like trees, firm in our faith and rooted in Your Word. As we grow in relationship with You, use us to draw others into the depths of Your love and mercy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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