In Proverbs 18:22 we read “Find a good spouse, you find a good life –and even more: the favor of God!” (MSG). This Scripture is one that I do not hear or come across with real frequency, yet it is power-packed. The Lord is exhorting us here in the seeking process which is a journey that is purposeful and can never include settling for, or being in a hurry to get married just so that I do not have to be alone anymore. Are we as a culture throwing away the favor of God with our flippant attitude toward marriage?
According to the Barna Group, just one in five adults have never been married. Of those who have taken their wedding vows, one in three of these adults has already been divorced (© The Barna Group, Ltd, 2009). Most of us are aware of these alarming numbers and many churches have begun ramping up their marriage ministries in response. While this action is appropriate, I would like to submit that premarital counseling is also needed. Statistics on marriages that begin with a foundation in Jesus, coupled with premarital counseling outlast those lacking one or both of these essentials.
Dear Reader, I can tell you from experience that even if your marriage did not start out with the Lord’s guidance and wise counsel, there is hope. Ken and I are just such a couple and we have been married 37 years now and can attest to the fact that we found that “good spouse” in one other; and with this have and are experiencing God’s favor and grace. I pray for each marriage and those who are seeking their life mate and that you take the time to gain the instruction of the Holy Spirit, and submit to biblical premarital counseling; because “a congenial spouse comes straight from God” – Proverbs 19:14.
Counting it All joy,
*(Picture from I’m a Proud Wife of a Wonderful Husband).