For those of you married out there, how many of you have had your marriage tested by worldly things (temptations, worries, anxieties, frustrations, etc)? If you said you haven’t, then you may want to rethink that. I believe every marriage can be tested at any point and is tested often. This goes for people of faith and without faith. As well know full well, the divorce rate in the United States is ridiculously high. Why? Because people lose site of where the strength of their marriage draw and the fail to turn to the one true source of everything when things get difficult. They easily fall to temptations or they anger easily and snap at their spouses or continually worry about things in this world that quite frankly have no significance in your eternity.
Now, I’m not a marriage counselor, but having been married nearly 17 years and counting with the love of life, I know full well that every marriage can get tested, even mine. The enemy is in always in this world and will try many tactics to try to tear into the covenant you’ve made with you spouse before God. As you grow in faith, you can start to see this peak out its ugly head more often than you may expect and in the most simple ways. It can cause you to lose site of your faith and in turn strain the strength of your marriage if you let it.
We are all called to glorify God in all we do. This also applies to our marriage. The bond your marriage is meant to reflect the image of God through the man and woman. If you hold tight to one another, you glorify Him more. Keeping Him first make it easier to brush aside the worldly struggles and temptations that can get thrown your way. Paul said in Ephesians 5:31-32, “As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.” You are meant to reflect that relations of Christ and the church in your marriage. Don’t let things that are not significant get in the way.
You may be wondering why I make it sound so simple. You see, it is that simple. Keep God first in your marriage and you will glorify Him and make it easier to stand-up to the world of sin. Pray together and pray for each other. This will strengthen you both that much more in your daily lives and struggles. It will make your marriage stronger and healthier and better capable to stand before anything and push away anything the adversary throws your way. You will be able to manage through adversity together that much better. Keep God at the center of your Marriage, always. This is a life lesson I’ve slowly learned over the years and it so real.