Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- June 2, 2010
“May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.” Proverbs 5:18
There is something sacred and celebratory about another year of marriage. It’s sacred because a covenant to God has been fulfilled. And it’s celebratory, because a man and woman have grown closer to Christ and to each other. This marriage milestone is meant to mean something. It’s not just another day that comes and goes without recognition.
Wise is the husband and wife who make much over their wedding anniversary. It is a testimony to their commitment to Christ and His commitment to them. In a day when some men trade in their wives like a used car, and some women walk away from their husbands and children like a nuisance to her freedom, a celebration needs to be made for marriages that achieve longevity. “Until death do us part” is not a trite saying, but a bold declaration of life-long dedication. So, be proud you have persevered and celebrate.
Plan ahead, spend some money and invest in a long weekend away from home. Make sure you don’t over save for retirement and miss enjoying your marriage adventure now. The way to enjoy your spouse as your best friend in the future is to enjoy them as your best friend now. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12). Your wedding anniversary is a big deal, so make it a big deal.
Husbands, lead the way by talking through with your wife the best way to celebrate this year’s anniversary. Perhaps you prearrange your favorite baby sitter and work some extra hours, so your wife is secure with the children’s caregiver, and at peace with the extra expenditures. If its important, you will make it a priority that might even require a project plan. Give her a day at the spa in preparation for the second best celebration of the year.
The best celebration of the year is your union with Christ. Your relationship with Jesus by faith is meant to be a mirror of your marriage. They are both by grace through faith. They both require focused attention and going deeper with one another. So, hilariously celebrate your marriage anniversary. Enjoy the blessings of being together over time. It is something to be proud of, because God says marriage is meant to last a lifetime.
“Has not the LORD made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth” (Malachi 2:15).
How can I honor God and my spouse, and have fun on our wedding anniversary?
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