Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 23, 2018
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18
Marriage engagement is an exciting and sobering time. It is exciting anticipating being with the one you believe God has destined you to live life with. It is sobering because of the responsibility to love and care for another person in an unselfish and giving way. Indeed, the engagement period is preparation for marriage. For example, use this window of time to pay off debt and heal any fractured relationships.
Wise young couples are not just infatuated with each other and the upcoming wedding; they are also practical to prepare for marriage. They may enroll in classes on money management from a biblical perspective or invest in completing and discussing a marriage assessment around everyday issues like parenting, spiritual leadership, finances, conflict resolution, decision making, communication, and sex. Pre-marital instruction and application can save couples from unnecessary conflict down the marriage road.
“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching” (Proverbs 1:8).
Pray for a mentor couple who can shepherd your relationship during this engagement time. Meet with them over dinner or coffee, and listen to their lessons learned during their years of marriage and managing expectations. Be wise to spend much more time in marriage preparation than in wedding planning. One is an event that is over in a few hours, while the other is how you plan to spend the rest of your life together.
Most of all, make Christ the cornerstone of your engagement. Keep Him front and center in your conversation and decision making. Ask Him for the grace to communicate with people who have agendas different from your dream wedding. Make sure your wedding ceremony honors Jesus Christ by keeping the content grounded in Scripture and the look and the feel of the service honor the Lord. Marriage engagement is God’s gift to prepare your heart, your mind, your soul, your relationships, your finances, and your faith.
“Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps” (Psalms 85:13).
PrayerHeavenly Father, keep me focused on You to prepare the way for my engagement and marriage, in Jesus’ name, amen.
ApplicationHow can I best prepare my heart, mind, and finances for marriage? Who is a mentor couple who can invest in us during our engagement and into our marriage?
Related ReadingGenesis 19:14; Deuteronomy 20:7; 1 Corinthians 7:36; Hebrews 13:4 Taken from Seeking Daily the Heart of God v.2
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