I recently began teaching a series on marriage. My core point of the session, ‘Marriage is God’s idea and therefore it has to work.’ This concept can be traced back to the beginning in the book of Genesis where God finished the process of creation. That is the time God instituted the marriage covenant. The Bible records, “Male and Female, He created them”.
God then told the first couple to take possession, authority, and dominion over all the earth and be successful and win.
God approved of His creation by confirming it ‘Good’. Yet, something went wrong. It didn’t seem like it was working until God decided to work out a solution.
God began looking for people through whom He could demonstrate that what He has created will work. He found people like Abraham and Sarah. Boaz and Ruth. Couples who were not perfect. Couples who seemed like a mismatch. Yet, God brought about perfect outcomes even out of those alliances. God continued to lead them and guide them because He had invested much into the idea of marriage.
Then God decided to re-invest into His creation by sending Jesus to equip us further and to reinforce His first plan, His first message to His created couple “be fruitful, multiply, take possession, authority and dominion, be successful and win.’
Was it easy on Jesus to relay and carry out the message? Certainly not.
It placed a heavy demand on many disciplines. The discipline of prayer. The discipline of fasting. The discipline of faith and trust in God. And so much more.
When Jesus first began, He began with a period of fasting and praying.
Yet, Satan showed up with his tormenting temptations.
It might have seemed like it wasn’t working. It called for a courageous fight to overcome the enemy and win.
Beginning with the first test Jesus endured much, temptation, opposition, criticism.
Standing up to it all demanded early morning prayer, relying on the power of the Holy Spirit, rebuking storms, overcoming rejection, betrayal, and false accusations.
In spite of everything, Jesus always moved forward with His mission.
In Jesus, God found the perfect mediator to restore the plan and purpose of the marriage covenant and reaffirm a powerful message ‘what God has put together let no man put asunder’.
Marriage was and still is one of God’s greatest ideas. That’s why it will work.
It’s Valentine’s Day today and I thought of sharing a message around marriage, but I believe, this message is applicable in every situation. It applies to your dreams, your longings, your plans, your business, your family, your career, your relationships, your success, your health and everything else concerning your life.
Is there a delay in finding your answer in any area?
Does it seem like things are not working?
Stay persistent. Keep Pressing on. Involve God in all things. All things where God is involved will work for you.
Bible passage: They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” 13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” 15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Exodus chapter 14 : 11- 15