Discount Divorce – Fast and Easy…When “til’ death us do part” takes too long
I couldn’t believe my eyes. That’s exactly the wording on a billboard I read recently. I had to read it four or five times to make sure I was seeing it correctly. In essence this advertisement recommends that when it takes too long for your spouse to die, it’s time to get a divorce. I don’t think this is what God had in mind when He created marriage.
In Genesis 2:18, 20-24 we see God’s intent for marriage. The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone, I will make a helper suitable for him.” So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman’ for she was taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. God gave marriage as a gift to Adam and Eve. They were created perfect for each other. Marriage is designed by God and has three basic concepts: 1) the man leaves his parents and in a public act (the wedding ceremony) promises himself to his wife; 2) the man and woman are joined together and in doing so promise to take responsibility for each other’s welfare and also promise to love the mate above all others and; 3) the two become one flesh in the intimacy and commitment of sexual union that is reserved for marriage.
How about looking at Matthew 19:6 “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” God intended marriage to be permanent. Let’s think about the first marriage. Adam and Eve. Everything was perfect when they started out. They had Paradise as their home, had all their needs met and God dwelt among them. I imagine they talked about everything to each other, shared activities, ate meals together, prayed together. They had it all. Until one day things got bad. Because of human nature both the man and woman sinned. God punished them each in their own way and cast them out of the Garden. Now, they had messed up pretty bad. Adam could’ve blamed Eve for being tempted by the serpent and starting this whole mess. Eve could’ve come up with some excuse like because Adam wasn’t spending enough time with her and the serpent paid attention to her that was what caused this disaster. They COULD’VE said those things….but they didn’t. They could’ve called it quits and left each other to take care of themselves on their own but they didn’t. They stuck together through good times and bad and God was the center of their union. It is only when God is the center that everything else falls into place. God comes first then your spouse. If you put God first in your life and in your marriage everything goes a little smoother. Not to say we will have it easy because we won’t.
God tells us in His Word that we will have trials but those trials are made for us to depend on the One who can carry us through them. Depend on the Lord who created you and your spouse. He created you for his pleasure and his purpose. He created a helpmate to stand beside you. Don’t run away when things get rough, instead run into the arms of your Father who loves you and will help you work through whatever it is you are facing.