A man and woman stand at the altar, surrounded by a great crowd of witnesses or maybe just a chosen few. Nevertheless, they’re ready to begin their new life as one. Turning, they look into each other’s eyes and say those timeless words, “I take you to be my wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God’s holy law. In the presence of God I make this vow.” They exchange rings symbolizing endless love. The minister prays and pronounces that they are husband and wife. Then he says, “What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.”
The starry-eyed couple leaves the sanctuary with visions of ‘the better, the richer, healthy good times’ in their minds, while well-wishers congratulate them on their wonderful decision to cling to God and each other.
Then the journey begins.
My husband and I began that journey one sunny July afternoon, over thirty years ago. We honeymooned in St. Thomas and cruised until our legs felt bouncy when we stood on dry land. And then we returned home and ‘real’ life began.
We didn’t know then, just how poor ‘poorer’ could be, how long or devastating ‘sickness’ could be, how bleak the ‘bad times’ would be, or how life could get a lot worse before it got better.
But God knew.
He knew on that summer afternoon in July, when we stood before Him at the altar. He knew before the beginning of time, when He chose to create each of our fore-parents, who God then blessed with children and children’s children, so that one day my husband and I would be born, meet, and marry. He knew the plan and purposes He had in mind when He created the two of us… plans to bless us and prosper us; that we would do good works and glorify Him.
He also knew something else.
He knew the strength of a three-stranded cord.
Tomorrow, let’s talk more about this special kind of cord and how it can benefit marriage. Until then, please remember that marriage was created by God. He has a way of making relationships bloom and grow, when both partners love Him and place their lives and marriage in His hands.
Enjoy your journey!
Scriptures that pertain to this blog:
Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (God is the Great I AM. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ever ask or think. See Ephesians 3:20)
Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
Hebrews 13:4-5 4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
1 Corinthians 7th chapter
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This post has been republished from the archives in case you missed it.
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