Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.
Please don’t ever think that marriage is not a gift from God. It is a wonderful thing!
Look, I know that there may be a lot of guys saying… surly there must be a translation issue with the original text… I mean… Was Jezebel good for King Ahab? What about Job’s wife? Didn’t she counsel him to curse God and die? Was Delilah good for Samson? Or you might be thinking “You haven’t met so-n-so”.
Well, I think one of the best examples of a good wife might be found in Proverbs chapter 31 which starts out in verse 10: “An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels”.
Still, marriages are between two broken people… With that being said lets think about how God may have meant for husbands and wives to be good for one another mutually.
Here’s the deal… We are all damaged people… And if you want to grow closer to and emulate your Creator, then marriage is a true gift! This institution might just be the best theological seminary in learning about God and how he loves us and how we are to love him and one another there is.
Ephesians chapter 5 talks about this in detail; about how a husband is to love his wife and she him… and then in verse 31-32 says this: 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
Yes marriage points us to our relationship with God.
Isaiah 54:5 says: For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.
There are lots of other references to this… even in the New Testament like Matthew 22, 25… John 3… and other references as well…
The Father chose us for his Son, He gave us to Jesus. You can read about it over and over in John 17… we were sinful… broken… a bad gift… a unworthy bride… But Jesus himself gave us his perfect righteousness… he went to the Cross and took the wages of our sin… He made us a perfect beautiful bride worthy of him and for his glory.
Ephesians 5:25 Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, …27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
One day the great day will come when we are presented to him as his bride.
Revelation 19:7 says: Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready;