Marriage is Full of Mountain-Top Highs and Valley Lows

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Happy Wednesday Saints.

Malachi 2:14 “THE LORD HAS BEEN WITNESS BETWEEN YOU AND THE WIFE OF YOUR YOUTH… SHE IS YOUR COMPANION AND YOUR WIFE BY COVENANT.”

I’m here in Sydney, Australia, for my nephew Myles’ wedding. On the 28th of April, he and his fiance Eunice will exchange vows and enter into a Marriage Covenant.

According to Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary, “A Covenant, in the Biblical sense, implies much more than a contract or simple agreement. A contract always has an end date, while a covenant is a PERMANENT ARRANGEMENT.

Marriage is a lot of WORK. It requires a lot of effort from both the husband and the wife. It’s full of exciting mountain top highs and miserable valley lows.

Anyone who has been married for more than a year, knows that things can get pretty tough when two people are trying to become ONE. Nothing will test your patience, character, commitment, and loyalty like marriage. And nothing will make you face your own selfishness too. It will force you to get over yourself and become selfless.

As challenging as things can get within a marriage, it’s not our feelings that prevent us from leaving when things get tough – it’s our COVENANT.

Feelings come and go. They fluctuate from day to day. And those with unrealistic expectations become bitterly disappointed when things become challenging.

But when you understand Covenant – you’re committed to the relationship – for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, ’till death do us part.

In Mark 10:9, Jesus said, “WHAT GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER, LET NOT MAN SEPARATE.”

O, how comforting it is when two people can enjoy the security of WHAT GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER. They will make mistakes, but their Covenant will ensure their commitment to learn, grow, and develop as individuals.

It’s their Covenant that will see them through the turbulent times and bring them to a place of genuine love.

Have a great day. God bless and lots’a love,

Warren


Pastor Warren Retzlaff