This is quite a romantic scene! What husband or wife wouldn’t want to have a moment together like this to clasp hands, draw close to each other, and gaze at the stars together with the snow falling all around them? Unfortunately, many married couples are not experiencing a season such as this one but they are in a wintry, dark season in their marriage. Bitter, cold problems are faling upon their situations and they’re gazing up at the heavens for manna– for God’s wisdom and help to fall from the heavens. They’re clasping on to a hope for brighter days with their spouses. The good news is that God supplies us with fresh manna that can be found in His Word everyday.
“He rained down manna upon them to eat And gave them food from heaven. Man did eat the bread of angels; He sent them food in abundance. “
Unlike the manna God provided the Israelites in the desert, His Word does not spoil or expire in freshness. Unlike the snow, God’s Word is available to us in every season.
Today’s Fresh Manna comes from 1 Corinthians 7:10-16 NIV:
” To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife. 12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace.16 How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?”
Let’s try the Manna for the day in a different flavor in the Message version 1 Corinthians 7:10-16:
” 10-11 And if you are married, stay married. This is the Master’s command, not mine. If a wife should leave her husband, she must either remain single or else come back and make things right with him. And a husband has no right to get rid of his wife.
12-14 For the rest of you who are in mixed marriages—Christian married to non-Christian—we have no explicit command from the Master. So this is what you must do. If you are a man with a wife who is not a believer but who still wants to live with you, hold on to her. If you are a woman with a husband who is not a believer but he wants to live with you, hold on to him. The unbelieving husband shares to an extent in the holiness of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is likewise touched by the holiness of her husband. Otherwise, your children would be left out; as it is, they also are included in the spiritual purposes of God.
15-16 On the other hand, if the unbelieving spouse walks out, you’ve got to let him or her go. You don’t have to hold on desperately. God has called us to make the best of it, as peacefully as we can. You never know, wife: The way you handle this might bring your husband not only back to you but to God. You never know, husband: The way you handle this might bring your wife not only back to you but to God.”
In these verses, we discover many nuggets of wisdom for couples in unequally yoked marriages and for those who may be considering divorce. If you are in any of these predicaments, I pray you find hope and encouragement in today’s Manna.
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