Topic: Basic Truths about the Family
Happy Prosperous New Year! You are welcome back to Family Life. 2014 is gone, a new year has just began for you. You shall never have a better last year in Jesus’ name! The Word of God says: Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold! I will do a new thing (Isaiah 43:18-19).
Forget about all your past failures, past prayerlessness, weakness, spiritual laziness, etc. This New Year, you need to position yourself for new things; as you do that, the new things of God will not pass you by.
This month, we shall be looking at the above topic to begin the New Year. Today, we shall be discussing the topic, ‘Marriage Is For Good, Better And Best’
Marriage Is For Good, Better And Best
Marriage is not a trap. It was instituted for the good of man. In the beginning, God saw that it is not good for man to be alone, so He instituted marriage. And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Genesis 2:18). I believe God must have said to himself, “I want it to be good for man, so I will make him an help meet for him.” Marriage was designed to make life great for mankind.
We understand that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of lights (James 1:17). Therefore, marriage should make a man move up on the ladder of progress. It should take him from good to better, from better to best, and from best to the point of perfection in life. There is always a place called forward, which you must strive to get to (Exodus 14:15).
Many are scared of entering into marriage, because they see it as an instrument of stagnation. Marriage is meant to advance, increase and promote one. It is not a necessary evil, as you may have heard and probably believed. Rather, it is designed to make life complete for you. A bachelor may say, “But life is good for me now.” No matter the kind of wonderful experience you may be having now, hear what the Bible says: Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
Marriage provides you an opportunity for better living! I used to be scared by certain marriage vows I hear couples chant on their wedding day. They say such things as, “I so and so get into wedlock with you, for better for worse, in sickness and health.” I saw the ignorance of the officiating priest and the intending couples as they chant the so-called marriage vows, because marriage is not designed to be “for better for worse”, but “for better for best!”
As far as God is concerned, marriage is for better living. That is why Deuteronomy 32:30 says: How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight? Jesus reiterated this: Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven (Matthew 18:19). This must be why God instructs husbands to dwell with their wives according to knowledge, so that their prayers be not hindered (1 Peter 3:7).
Marriage provides a covenant platform for effectual prayer. Whatever a couple agrees upon in prayer, is done for them. Marriage gives you access to double victory, as a couple can put ten thousand to flight. Also, when one party is cold, the other is available to warn him up. When one is down, the other will lift him up. The ultimate in marriage is for the best in life, and you will get there.
For Better Living
Marriage was instituted for better living for mankind. It is not to bring hurts or constitute a hindrance. Let us take a look at the Amplified Version of the Bible in Genesis 2:18. Now the Lord God said, it is not good (sufficient, satisfactory) that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper meet (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him.
The kind of help God intended marriage to provide, is one that is suitable, adaptable and complementary, and it is expected to cover all areas of life.
Spiritually, God expects you to be a positive influence on your spouse, so that you can both press on to greater spiritual heights.