Proverbs 19 vs 14
“Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.”
I attended a very nice wedding of a young couple in a picture perfect rustic African setting. Set somewhere in the bush, the environment provided a serene and solemn environment for the couple to make vows and dedicate their lives to each other.
It all starts with a simple hello or a chance encounter and before long, a bond develops and sooner than you know, the relationship changes to a point where you must make a lifelong commitment.
It’s the dream of most young women to get married one day, more so in a fairytale setting, where your prince whisks you away into the sunset and you begin to live your perfect life that resembles a Hollywood romance script.
Jesus performed his first miracle at Cana and it was at a wedding, a celebration where many had gathered to witness, enjoy and celebrate. It is said that the celebration could have taken a damper had Jesus’s mother not intervened and asked him to provide wine that had run out.
It was custom to celebrate with wine, therefore a wedding feast that did not have wine would not really be a feast. In desperation, sensing that this auspicious occasion would go astray, Mary asked her son to perform what became his first publicly declared and documented miracle. It is symbolic that he chose to perform a miracle at a wedding. It symbolises the importance of marriage or the importance of marriages that are blessed by him.
Society has put so much pressure on us that at times we tend to make decisions in haste and we do not involve God in those decisions, including the selection of our life partners.
At times we choose to go about the selection process in a manner that has not quite conformed to His will. The pressure of society has resulted in so many wrong decisions, broken hearts, shattered dreams and altered personalities.
Marriage was designed by our maker to provide companionship and friendship. It is a union that was designed to give the two parties strength that is drawn from each other, a shoulder you can cry on, a friend to laugh with and where He has blessed, children. Your spouse is meant to be a companion to pray, worship, minister and find the Lord Almighty with.
Over time, so many marriages have gone astray and instead of being institutions that draw us closer to God, they have become places that have caused more harm than good and have drawn some people away from their calling.
As I witnessed these two young people start their life together with love, joy, happiness and broad smiles, I prayed that they will continue to place the Lord and His ways at the center of their lives.
So many people have lost their ability to shine because they chose the wrong partners. Wherever you are today, may the Lord guide you to find a partner that is from Him.
So often we blame God when things go wrong yet we did not involve Him or seek His blessing at the onset of the union.
What the Lord has put together may no man tear apart. Let us remember that ultimately we are driven by His will, yes we have the ability to choose but our choices must be guided by Him. If they are, they will last a lifetime, for what He has put together, no man can break apart.
Pray that He prevails in your life and if, like these two young people, you still have choices to make, may He direct your steps accordingly. If you are there already, pray that your union is blessed by Him so that it can stand the test of time.
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