Surely I do not speak as an expert, but this union should be entered upon with the utmost care and sincerity. God has instituted marriage as a good thing, and we have seen good things come from bad marriages, and bad things come from good marriages.
God’s ideal for those who are marked as christian, would be that good things come from a good marriage.
But a marriage is not spiritual of itself, but civil and moral, yet the more excellent way would be the union of two souls unto the glory of God.
This is the cornerstone of a good marriage, that whatsoever is done, it is done to the glory of God. Yes, marriage brings trouble in the flesh, and God knows much trouble, but it does not have to be, for the glory of God is more than adequate and for all times.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, yet we do not learn until the appropriate time, that the heavens declare the glory of God. We see those wondrous beings at the gate of Eden, we see them in the most holy place. Ezekiel wrote of them, and Paul called them the cherubims of glory, of which said he, we still cannot speak of them particularly.
There is a depth not reached, a height not fathomed, when we muse on the glory of God, for naturally, the entire word of God directs the heart to he who expresses the very glory of God, even the Lord Jesus.
So we see the Lord attend a wedding, and he made the governor of the feast to receive the highest of accolades, yet there is something more exquisite in the narrative, for here at Cana, he manifested forth his glory. Marriage is good, but it is better when the Lord Jesus is invited.
It is he who does all things well, and while the marriage road is not an easy one, the burden is lightened when two share the load. Even in this, the yoke is easy, for the Lord never directs to that which cannot glorify himself.
The wife honours the husband not because he is worthy, but because it honours God. The husband cherishes the wife too because the church is the object of the Lord’s affections.
There is to be a mutual respect, out of which a demand is like a pelican in the wilderness, out of place and unheard of. There is no iron hand of wanting things or ways, for we remember that the Lord was the lowest of all, thus our service is defined by our comfort at the bottom.
And really, marriage is service, but most importantly, if we keep a single eye toward the glory of God, we will see fidelity, faithfulness, truth, respect, patience, and all good things from the hand of God, for true service is stamped with God’s blessing.
On those rare occasions when we speak before we think, there should be the forgiving ear because like the Lord, he knew what was in man, and this knowledge can be a tremendous balm. Separate yourselves unto the glory of God, and walk in the integrity of the Lord of creation and the King of redemption, and God’s sweet honey will saturate your lives.
Of course marriage is work: physically, emotionally, mentally, and it is obvious you know it is spiritual work also, and in all these, to God be the glory.
Remember the wisdom of your parents, and never be ashamed to seek counsel of those who have gone before. If you and I seek the glory of God, we will trust, for God’s enemy has an interest in all who will serve the Lord in truth, and it takes but a thin wedge ere he can make a feast out of a crumb.
God’s word contains ALL that pertains to life and godliness, and take great care to not make up your mind, then ask God to show you the way.
It is a lovely yet rare sight to see young souls who have an affinity toward one another, based on a kinship in the things of God, who desire to share a life unto the praise and glory of the true God.
’Let this mind be in you, which also was in Christ Jesus…’ Take heed unto sound doctrine, keep thyself pure to one another, and while the road may get bumpy, God’s curves are always exciting. May you glorify the only Lord of all. Godspeed..