Thursday, March 30 – Hebrews 13:4
Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers.
When you visit an art museum, many works are displayed within reach. However, we usually refrain from doing so. Further, we know not to bring our own paints to add to the work or our crayons to add our own stick figures in the corner. What makes the work valuable is that it is untouched, completed, and preserved in its original state for onlookers to enjoy.
God created marriage as a sacred union, a covenant that is to be honored and preserved. We represent this in our wedding ceremonies. We have a big celebration, give the couple gifts, and expect that the the couple will have time away to celebrate on a honeymoon. Yet as time passes, we often forget the value of the union that was celebrated. As routines take shape and years pass, we’re often tempted to not hold this union with honor.
Just like famous works of art, when something is valuable, we take time and effort to preserve it so that it will not be broken or tainted. Trusting God’s plan and the value of marriage means guarding it, treasuring it, and investing in it. Make no mistake: God takes marriage seriously. He wants us to guard them and protect them with the same attitude. Honoring the instruction of His Word means guarding against the bad that could happen and valuing and cherishing what He has made honorable and sacred.
- What are some things that come to mind when you think about marriage?
- How have you shown honor of marriage in your own life or the marriages of others?
- Pray and ask God to open your eyes to how you can value your marriage if you are married or honor the marriages of others if you are not.