When we had our church wedding, we were actually already married. Due to a scheduling problem between family members who were shift workers, we could not have the wedding until February 9, 1980. But we were taking a trip together in November and wanted to be married when we went. So we were married in our pastor’s office on November 2, 1979, with my sister and brother-in-law as witnesses. So we joke that we actually have 2 anniversaries.
Gen 2:18-24……18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”
24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Marriage is not an easy thing to do. Two people, who are use to living their lives their own way, must live together and work out their differences. But it is far more satisfying and rewarding than any other human relationship on earth.
Marriage is God’s picture of our relationship to Him. In Scripture, believers are pictured as the bride and Christ, the groom. He does not want us temporarily living together till we get tired of each other. He wants us to make a lifelong commitment to each other, just like we make a lifelong commitment to Him.
Because humans are not perfect, marriages are not perfect. And non-Christian marriages have everything working against them.
But marriage can be successful and rewarding when it is done God’s way. He is the one who designed it.
I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I recommend these articles for anyone considering marriage…now or sometime in the future. They should be required reading.
Prescription for a Successful Marriage
Seven Secrets to Lifelong Love
Find Something That Makes You Both Laugh