Monday, February 13, 2012

God's Purpose For Your Marriage

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11.
God has a special purpose for your life, for your marriage.

Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Jeremiah 1:5

God has provided you with your mate, your ministry partner. There were and still are purposes that only God could accomplish through the two of you being a couple.

Here is a quote from Marilynn Blackaby's book, Experiencing God Around the Kitchen Table on God's purpose for her marriage.
“Marrying Henry was the easiest decision I had ever made, and the most important one, next to my decision to follow Christ. For not only was God providing me with a husband, He was also presenting me with a ministry partner and a godly father for our future children. There were purposes that God could accomplish only through us as a couple. He knew there would be difficult times that would require a strong marriage to survive. He also knew that we would have five children who would need the foundation of a strong Christian home for all He would call them to do as He worked out His purposes in their lives.”
God prepares our lives, brings us through experiences for reasons that we sometimes do not fully understand. Sometimes we don't really know what the Lord has in store, but we must be obedient and trust Him to lead us.

We can easily miss God's activity if we're not actively aware and looking for it. Sometimes we can miss what God is doing because we tend to make things more complicated than they actually are.  Read Philippians 3:8-10. Being preoccupied with daily responsibilities can leave us unaware of what God is doing around us!   (Kids, work, household chores, church work... you know, the general busyness of society.)  Or how about trusting in our own abilities?  These can often keep us from depending on the Lord for His strength and guidance.

“So when the Lord saw that he (Moses) turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Exodus 3:4.
God wants us to say, “Here we are, Lord! Use us!”

So you might ask, How do I know what God's purpose is for my marriage?

Simply put, it's a daily, committed process that God will reveal to you both as you grow in your love relationship with Him through obedience.

But you know what?  We don't have to stress out trying to find God's will for our marriage. What we need to be seeking is God Himself! If we're pursuing the Lord and His righteousness, then everything else will be added to us (Matthew 6:33) including knowing His will for our lives and marriages. We must live our lives before the Lord in a way that when He reveals His plans to us, we have nothing in our lives that would hinder our obedience to him.

God's purpose is for something much greater than we could ever imagine, and we could never accomplish such things without taking the steps together to grow in our relationship with Him.

With that said, I want to encourage each couple to pray daily together. But also, set aside a particular day or night each week to communicate the answers to the following four questions. 
1. How did you feel loved this past week?
2. What does your upcoming week look like?
3. How would you feel most loved and encouraged in the days ahead?
4. How can I pray for you this week?
Pray for your mate each week, grow in your love relationship for each other, and seek the Lord together.

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