Genesis 2:24 – Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Marriage is something that was ordained by God in the Garden of Eden between Adam and Eve. God’s instructions for the man then and now were to leave his father’s house and to be joined by his wife. When God created marriage in the Garden of Eden, there was no other woman or man in the Garden except for Adam and Eve, but even then, God instructed the man to cleave to his wife (the woman should do likewise). To cleave is to adhere, to stick fast, as by suction or glue, to carry something out without deviation. Marriages are broken because of selfishness between one or both parties. Marriages are no longer considered sacred by nonbelievers as well as in the Christian Community. If anyone should be able to keep their marriages together, it should be Christians. We serve a God who has instructed us, what is impossible with man is possible with God (But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible – Matthew 19:26). Some would say this Scripture was just speaking about who can enter into heaven, but whatever comes against us that is too strong, too hard, impossible for us to handle, it’s a case for God to enter in.
God knows your spouse better than you would ever know them because He’s the one that created them. If we spent time praying for our spouses and marriages, we would allow God to arise and reign in our marriages. Jesus instructed His disciples then and now to pray. Prayer keeps us connected to the Godhead, and when we’re connected to the Godhead, He places us in a secret place, allowing us to see the enemy from afar.
God has given men a mandate, The man is the authority figure in the home, the man is to be the priest of the home, the watchman, and if he’s doing what he has been mandated to do, Satan couldn’t come in and destroy the marriage the way he’s doing in the Christian arena. The husband should be the one to lead the family in prayer, the old saying, “A family that prays together stays together.”
The Bible instructs one can chase a thousand (his enemy) and two can chase ten thousand to flight. A husband and wife should be a tag team against Satan, but rather than fighting Satan, husbands and wives are fighting against each other. Too many Christians are falling into sexual sins because they aren’t praying the way Jesus has instructed (And spake He a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not faint – Luke 18:1). Praying doesn’t stop Satan from trying to influence you, but prayer will keep you from falling into his influence. ( Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak – Mark 14:38).
We aren’t conquering temptation because we’re not spending quality time with God and with our spouse. God’s plan for marriage is one man for one woman for a lifetime. God’s pattern for marital happiness is evident when a man loves and leads his family to reverence and love God. Marriage is work, and it takes two people to build a marriage and keep it built on a solid foundation (prayer).
Marriage is a joint agreement between two people before God and eyewitnesses. This agreement is between you and your spouse, but it’s also with God. God hates divorce, and He will assist you in keeping your marriage if the other person has a heart that God can touch. If the heart is hardened, God will not go against the person’s will.
Marriage is nothing you can jump in and jump out of when challenges come; that may be why so many choose to live together rather than make a commitment. Living together without marriage is against the will of God, and He will not bless that relationship.
There is nothing too hard for God; it may be a little hard for you at the time being, but you can make it; look to God and not what you’re seeing and feeling. Pray that God will intervene in your marriage, pray that not only will He work on your spouse, but work on you too! Marriage is ordained by God, and He can save what you have committed to Him.