Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 – United Nations Day
Topic: Marriage Is Partnership
Read: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
MEMORISE: And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him” (Genesis 2:18)
Marriage is not a contract issued by one person and signed by the other to take responsibilities of certain duties for the well-being of the family and society. Rather, marriage is a union of companionship between two compatible, agreeing spouses – a man and a woman, to build and live together, sharing responsibilities between each other. It is an unbreakable covenant that is signed and sealed by God and hosts of other witnesses. It is meant to be kept and maintained with love, respect, submission, care, kindness and understanding. What is the perspective of marriage over there in your area? The Bible’s perspective has to be regarded as supreme as far as marriage is concerned.
Mostly, what we experience today is that both spouses try as much as possible to be contributors, and that is how it should be. The wife must contribute financially to meet the financial need of the home while the husband is saddled with the responsibility of providing for the home. He is the breadwinner and major financial provider. The husband should not conclude that the wife should handle the house chores (cooking, picking the kids, washing, and laundry, etc.) alone while he sits in front of the TV, or reads newspapers. Marriage is a productive partnership, we should stick to the fact that Two are better off than one because together they can work more effectively (Eccl. 4:9 GNT).
Men are encouraged to be involved at home, rather than delegating; be an active partner. It takes two parents to raise a child. It takes two to make a marriage work. Be part of the kitchen, laundry and other house chores. Don’t be a visiting professor; be the V.C. Your wife is your helpmeet and not your staff; your husband is your captain and not your boss. So, work as team-mates and build successfully. Consider the homes that produced Moses (Ex. 2:1ff), and John the Baptist (Lk. 1:5,6,58-80). Today is United Nations Day, and unity of homes is worth discussing. May the Creator (God) of marriage help us. Amen.
1. Lord, make me a productive and supportive helper to my spouse.
2. Lord, make our home a true light of the Christian home.
3. Lord, open the eyes of our ministers to build their homes.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Jeremiah 2 – 3
Author: C.A.C WORLDWIDE