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Loving Our Spouse

Genesis 2:18

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amA few weeks ago – my wife and I celebrated 39 years of marriage. Next year in August will we celebrate 40 years. I’m open to suggestions on how we should celebrate. We’ve talked about taking a trip somewhere. I’d like an Alaskan cruise. She’d like a trip to Hawaii. It will also be landmark birthday years for each of us.

For the young people out there – I want to share that our marriage hasn’t always been easy (and it isn’t now either). Love is not an emotion – it is a commitment. We haven’t always kept our vows perfectly – but we committed to stay with each other – till death do us part (I have to sleep with one eye open some nights – LOL). Commitment means we stick it out thru the good and the bad times (although in some marriages there might be bad enough times that separating is the best option).

God knew that life was going to be rough at times for each of us. God knew we needed help walking the journey of life. In today’s passage – as God was retelling the creation story – we’re reminded in Genesis that God knew we shouldn’t be alone. We may not all marry – but we need partners or friends in life to get thru the ups and downs. We all need someone on our side.

Genesis 2:18 – The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” God knew we needed help. For many of us – it is a life partner – our husband or our wife. God designed marriage for one man and one woman – to be life partners. Genesis 2:24 – That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Becoming one flesh unites us as a unit.

God created us in His image and God created us male and female. Genesis 1:27–28 – 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

God gave us instructions about marriage in the Bible. For instance – he told husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church. Ephesians 5:25 – Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. I know this is not always easy – our spouses are not always lovable – yet – we’re not either and Christ loved us enough to die for us. Think about it!

Two are usually better than one. Ecclesiastes 4:9–12 – 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Having a spouse or a dear friend to help us navigate thru life is always helpful.

If you have a spouse – a man or woman of faith even – don’t take that for granted. Not all are so blessed. If you have a spouse – a partner in and for life – treasure them and keep them in prayer. Go out of your way to make them feel special and appreciated. Spend time loving your spouse and thanking God for them. Just saying…

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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August 21, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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