Pleasures of life grow dull over time if they are disconnected from its life source. God designed work and marriage to bless humankind when Christ, as the tree of life, becomes the central focus (Gen. 2:9-10). Our work becomes meaningful and purposeful as we allow God to direct our activities (Gen. 2:15).
Christ should be the most important person in our marriage. How do we get there? When we allow God to choose our life partner (Gen. 2:18). By leaving our parents, we make a conscious decision to seek healing of our emotional hurts by Christ so we can develop an intimate relationship with our spouse. God uses he or she to fill the gaps in our lives so we become one flesh. The weaknesses in one person are the strengths in the other. Rather than shame, we experience emotional and spiritual health (Gen. 2:24-25).
As people go through the various seasons of life, many have no sense of a personal God. God is always speaking, but do we listen? As we respond to His voice, we move from awareness of God’s presence to understanding His total sufficiency for every need and desire. We experience God’s presence through meaningful work and especially through an intimate marriage. God designed marriage so husband and wife becomes one flesh spiritually, emotionally and physically. Marriage represents Christ’s love relationship with His church on earth. On a scale of one to ten with one being lowest and ten the highest, assess the climate in your marriage.
Ask God to show you practical steps to become one in your relationship whether you ask forgiveness for a bad attitude, affirm a strength in your spouse, or just listen to his or her concerns.