"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Genesis 2:24
I want you to imagine a high mountain with a beautiful valley at its base. A winding road comes down the mountain side with steep cliffs and sharp precipices on either side. And there are obstacles on the road and few — if any — guard rails. At the top, an automobile starts down the road thinking it will be a wonderful trip down to the happy valley. But all along the road are wrecks and cars careening over the cliffs and running into obstacles. And the people in the cars — including passengers picked up along the way — are broken and maimed.
This is a picture of marriage in America today. So, what should we do?
Genesis 2:21-24 tells about the first marriage. It tells about God's plan for the home and for a magnificent marriage. And verse twenty-four sums up all of marriage: "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." This one verse speaks so clearly of the priority, the permanence and the purpose of marriage.
All marriages have problems. People who stay married and those who get divorced have basically the same kinds of problems. The difference is not in the problems but in the commitment. Just get rid of the idea of divorce. Take your scissors and cut that word out of your dictionary.
When all else has failed, we need to simply go back and read the directions. But if you've failed, remember God is a God of forgiveness. He's the God of a second chance, a third chance, and a fourth chance. If you have a broken heart or a broken home, bring it to Jesus. He can put it back together if you'll give Him all the pieces.
The first miracle Jesus performed was at a wedding when He turned water into wine (John 2:1-11), and He is still performing miracles. When you get right down to it, every magnificent marriage is a miracle because it is a union of man, a woman, and God. It won't always be easy, but it will always be worth it.
When we come to Him in repentance and faith, we are empowered-and expected-to live the Christian life not by trying, but by trusting. Faith is not only how we receive salvation, it is how we walk, day by day, in grace. Only by faith can we extend forgiveness to others, share God's truth, and leave a godly legacy. As the tapestry of your life unfolds, may you begin to see the wonders of living each day, moment by moment, a life of faith and forgiveness.