Proverbs 29:18 AMP~ “18 Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]—blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.”
Habakkuk 2:2 AMP~ “2 And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by.”
God’s vision for marriage is written in the Bible. Merriam Webster offers these definitions of “vision”: 1a: something seen in a dream, trance, or ecstasy; especially: a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation. b: a thought, concept, or object formed by the imagination. c: a manifestation to the senses of something immaterial.
2a:the act or power of imagination. (1): mode of seeing or conceiving; (2): unusual discernment or foresight, such as “a person of vision.” c: direct mystical awareness of the supernatural usually in visible form.
3a: the act or power of seeing: the most common, normal eyesight
In His Word, God lays out His definitive vision for husbands and wives in the book of Ephesians.
Ephesians 5:8-33 AMP says: “8 For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light]. 9 For the fruit (the effect, the product) of the Light or the Spirit [consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life. 10 And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him].
11 Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of or mention the things that [such people] practice in secret.
13 But when anything is exposed and reproved by the light, it is made visible and clear; and where everything is visible and clear there is light. 14 Therefore He says, Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine (make day dawn) upon you and give you light.
15 Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), 16 Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is . 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit.
19 Speak out to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise with voices [and instruments] and making melody with all your heart to the Lord, 20 At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
21 Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). 22 Wives, be subject (be submissive and adapt yourselves) to your own husbands as [a service] to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife as Christ is the Head of the church, Himself the Savior of [His] body.
24 As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands. 25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her,
26 So that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word, 27 That He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such things [that she might be holy and faultless].
28 Even so husbands should love their wives as [being in a sense] their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself. 29 For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and carefully protects and cherishes it, as Christ does the church,
30 Because we are members (parts) of His body. 31 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. 32 This mystery is very great, but I speak concerning [the relation of] Christ and the church.
33 However, let each man of you [without exception] love his wife as [being in a sense] his very own self; and let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband [that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates, and esteems him; and that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly].”
Are you and your spouse living according to God’s eternal vision or your own which may be rife with distortions such as floaters (distractions), near/farsightedness (blurriness), or even blindness (complete lack of vision)? We must regularly examine ourselves to be certain our focus is on Christ Jesus. If we allow our vision to be maligned– if we allow our focus to deteriorate, how, then, will we know if we are walking according to the directions God gives us? If one is blind to His Word and His vision for marriage, at least he/she can hear the vision. Romans 10:17 AMP “17 So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).” Therefore, listen for God to use your spouse and others to speak to you via Scriptures/reproofs. Correction is medicinal. Don’t avoid this examination. Allow your vision to be corrected. It may just save your sight (life, marriage)!
Matthew 6:22-23 AMP “22 The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you [your conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness!”
The best way to protect our eyes (marriage) is to remove the trendy sunglasses (selfish pursuits, thinking, conduct that is not in line with the will of God) that only serve to fulfill superficial, self-serving purposes. We must discard the shades and replace them with the corrective lenses that we acquire by putting our faith in His Word. The correct vision belongs to the Almighty visionary and creator of marriage–YHWH!!! Husbands and wives must line up with what He commands to prevent self-inflicted blindness. God does not desire to see us stumble around in darkness, sin, and rebellion. He wants us to clearly follow His vision which never fails!
Psalm 119:105 “105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Let us look to His Word–not our own failing sight– and allow His vision to guide us. May our walk be focused on Christ as we magnify our Lord’s perfect acuity on the straight and narrow path with our spouse.
May God bless you with perfect vision to see His vision come to pass in your marriage. May we learn to see our marriage through the eyes of God! In Jesus’ name, Amen!
~ Cassandra Salamone
This is Day 4 post in the 1/2 CMBA Blogging Challenge to post for 13 days in October.