Each day I hear people talk about how the institute of marriage is a failing system. “How long have you been married?” is a question that people often ask. When I offer my response, I am met with “ha..just wait.” and the assumption that my marriage will fail as well. This saddens me. This shows that our society has given up on love.. and given up on God.
Instead of doubting my marriage because of the doubts of others, I turn to the Song of Solomon. Chapter 8 has the only proof I need to see that a God-ordained marriage is not doomed to fail.
“For love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord.
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.”
Song Of Solomon 8:6-7
Marriage with Christ is Unshakable
What some have failed to understand is that a relationship based on anything other than our Savior is doomed to fail. Strength to turn away from temptation and grace to love through faults are seldom found in relationships not centered on Christ.
Some couples find the strength and grace, but go astray in other areas.However, with Christ guiding a marriage (Christ as head of the husband and husband as the head of the wife) there will be struggles, temptations, and faltering, but there will also be grace, forgiveness, mercy and love.
Marriage through Christ is an amazing gift given to us by our Creator. He did not intend for us to be alone (Genesis 2:18). We are made for partnership in His image. In my marriage, my husband complements me in all of the right ways. Where I am weak he is strong, where I am strong he is weak.
We build one another up, we pray for each other and we glorify God for the life he has given us. We acknowledge that He is the One who placed us together, the One who prepared our hearts to receive one another. Without Him, we would fail. With Him, nothing can overtake us. (Romans 8:31)