Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 9:1-10:14 / Romans 14:1-18 / Proverbs 18:17-19:2
God is the master designer of relationships. He made Adam and then from Adam’s side created Eve, his helpmeet. God created them husband and wife, bringing them into the deepest and most intimate form of human relationship. God made Eve and brought her to Adam to complete him and bring love and joy in his life.
My wife and I celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary a few days ago. She publicly expressed her joy and thankfulness for the past 33 years. I responded with a verse that is found in our Bible reading for today, “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.” (Proverbs 18:22)
I have been so blessed to be able to experience the unfolding of God’s purpose for my life these past 33 years. Some do not share my opinion, scoffing at God’s creativity and questioning His wisdom because of their past personal relational failures. Instead of finding completeness they experience division. Love and joy that was once powerfully present, dissipates and becomes hopelessly elusive. Statistics show half of the marriages end in divorce…either God got it wrong or man has it all wrong.
We certainly do not cast stones at those whose marriages have ended in divorce. The enemy fought against the union of husband and wife in the Garden of Eden and still attacks marriage today. The Bible exposes the devil’s tactics and gives us insight to make marriage lasting and fulfilling. It simply comes down to cherish/love and submit/support. “Husbands love your wives just as Christ loved the church… wives submit to your husbands, as to The Lord.” (Ephesians 5:23,25)
Husbands, cherish the wife that God has given you…God designed her to fulfill and bring His favor in your life. It is so important that we line up with His purpose and live in the light of His favor! Are there struggles and mistakes that require commitment and forgiveness? Yes!
For new brides, I have often told them that they could be their husband’s greatest support or biggest detriment. Ladies, God has designed you to complete your husband’s life! The challenge for every new husband is to love and lead his wife in the light of Christ’s example. God did not get it wrong…we have a difficult time getting it right!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!