This is an oldie but goodie in my blog archive. Many couples view marriage as the destination but it is not the end. Marriage is the beginning of an exciting journey between God and a husband, along with his wife!
Amos 3:3 ~
“Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?”
Matthew 18:19 ~
“Again I tell you this: If two of you agree on earth about anything you pray for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven.”
Marriage is an arduous but rewarding journey that a husband and wife vow to trek together. The choices they make determine whether their journey will be a trip plotted with heavenly vision or a haphazard trip that meanders aimlessly. God is the master cartographer and lovingly navigates every marriage with perfect latitudinal and longitudinal reference points in His Scriptures. If couples are faithful and remain obedient to the course, the Holy Spirit acts as their compass to point them in Christ’s direction. At times, they may grow weary. It may seem impossible to carry their cross as Christ did, but they must endure and press on to fulfill the heavenly mission to glorify God.
The scale of a marriage is 1:3, which is equivalent to 1:1. Marriage equals one man and one woman in covenant union with God. Husbands are one-flesh with their wives.
In order for a marriage to be a success, couples must resolve to stay true to God’s course, no matter what they face. They will undoubtedly encounter storms, treacherous obstacles, and enemies who attempt to separate, disorient and harm them. They must, however, stick together as an inseparable team as they trudge onward in their journey to become more like Jesus, to learn to love like Him. A husband and his wife must establish their bearings by focusing on Christ.
They must diligently:
~Study their map (their Bible).
~Follow the sensitive leadings of the compass’ needle (Holy Spirit).
~Put “self” aside and look out for one another’s safety and well-being.
~Wear the proper attire. They must put on love and the full armor of God.
~Most importantly, they must agree to walk together in harmony in the same direction to follow the course that God provides for their marriage.
Colossians 3:14 NLT~ “14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”
Ephesians 6:10-18 NLT~ ” A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.
In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
As long as a couple decides to follow God’s course in their marriage, they won’t become lost in uncharted territory. If they fail to study the map–their Bible–and cannot agree to walk together on the same paths, they may become separated from one another.
If they do not agree, they may become further disoriented about the purpose of their journey and begin to travel in circles and revisit the same landmarks repeatedly.
God doesn’t want anyone to experience defeat in their marriage! He is faithful to provide us everything that we need to victoriously succeed in our marriage journeys. He so lovingly mapped His love out in His Word! We have to trust that God knows the best routes and be willing to follow Christ’s lead in our marriages so that we don’t miss out on the many blessings that await us on the way.
God Bless! And happy travels! 😀