Today’s Scripture: Proverbs 18:22
He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
And obtains favour from the Lord.
When William Jennings Bryan went to call on the father of his prospective wife and seek the hand of his daughter in marriage, knowing the strong religious feeling of the father, he thought to strengthen his case by a quotation from the Bible: “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing” (Proverbs 18:22 KJV). But to his surprise the father replied with a citation from Paul to the effect that he that marrieth doeth well, but he that marrieth not doeth better. The young suitor was for a moment confounded. Then with a happy inspiration he replied that Paul had no wife and Solomon had seven hundred, and Solomon, therefore, ought to be the better judge as to marriage.
While the preceding anecdote comes on a lighter note, it highlights an important point – marriage brings the favour of God. God places a huge premium on the marriage institution. In fact, He created it and blessed it. Every marriage is licensed to obtain God’s favour. It positions a couple to receive divine assistance en-route the fulfilment of their assignments in life. It is important couples recognise the power a marriage possesses. You can call the favour of God to bear on your situation on account of your marriage. If this is the case, as indeed it is, then do you not think we ought to cherish and guard our marriages as much as we can? To take our spouses for granted, and to allow strife prevail in our homes, is to neutralise the potential favour available to us in marriage. We must not let this happen.
Ask God to give you the grace to love your partner unreservedly. Eschew strife. Do not let the sun go down on your anger. God is committed to your success in life and in marriage. Cash in, by faith, on the favour of God available to you in your marriage today. The Lord will help you, in Jesus’ name.
Memorise & Meditate:
“Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honour to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7
Prayer & Confession:
Thank You, Father, for Your favour in my marriage. I activate it today and always, in Jesus’ name. Grant me the grace to live peaceably with my partner. I refuse to walk in strife, even as I commit to walking in love, in Jesus’ name.