Partnership in Marriage
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12
If you’ve sewn a button on a shirt, you know how thin a piece of thread is. And if you’ve ever looked at the giant cables on a suspension bridge, you know how thick those cables are. But you may not know this: Giant suspension bridge cables are made up of thousands of tiny strands woven together in midair by a machine invented by a French engineer in the mid-nineteenth century.
But the idea of weaving tiny strands together to make a stronger rope or cord is not new. Solomon wrote about it in the Old Testament. He applied that truth to human relationships: one person may be overwhelmed, two can withstand trouble, and three together can withstand anything. Solomon’s metaphor of cords fits marriage beautifully. The two-fold cord of husband and wife is far stronger than either alone. But add Christ to the marriage and you have a three-fold cord that is strong and secure. Marriage is a partnership between spouses—and between spouses and Christ.
Don’t go it alone in marriage. Be a partner with your spouse and allow Jesus to knit your hearts together.
A Single Thought: Each stage in our life has a purpose—embrace where you are and allow God to use you for His glory.
Out of the Wreck I Rise
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? —Romans 8:35
God does not keep His child immune from trouble; He promises, “I will be with him in trouble…” (Psalm 91:15). It doesn’t matter how real or intense the adversities may be; nothing can ever separate him from his relationship to God. “In all these things we are more than conquerors…” (Romans 8:37). Paul was not referring here to imaginary things, but to things that are dangerously real. And he said we are “super-victors” in the midst of them, not because of our own ingenuity, nor because of our courage, but because none of them affects our essential relationship with God in Jesus Christ. I feel sorry for the Christian who doesn’t have something in the circumstances of his life that he wishes were not there.
“Shall tribulation…?” Tribulation is never a grand, highly welcomed event; but whatever it may be— whether exhausting, irritating, or simply causing some weakness— it is not able to “separate us from the love of Christ.” Never allow tribulations or the “cares of this world” to separate you from remembering that God loves you (Matthew 13:22).
“Shall…distress…?” Can God’s love continue to hold fast, even when everyone and everything around us seems to be saying that His love is a lie, and that there is no such thing as justice?
“Shall…famine…?” Can we not only believe in the love of God but also be “more than conquerors,” even while we are being starved?
Either Jesus Christ is a deceiver, having deceived even Paul, or else some extraordinary thing happens to someone who holds on to the love of God when the odds are totally against him. Logic is silenced in the face of each of these things which come against him. Only one thing can account for it— the love of God in Christ Jesus. “Out of the wreck I rise” every time.
We are not fundamentally free; external circumstances are not in our hands, they are in God’s hands, the one thing in which we are free is in our personal relationship to God. We are not responsible for the circumstances we are in, but we are responsible for the way we allow those circumstances to affect us; we can either allow them to get on top of us, or we can allow them to transform us into what God wants us to be. Conformed to His Image, 354 L