Summary: Marriage is like the conquest and settling of a new land. A new and unexplored territory stretches out before you. No matter how many people have settled down in marriage before, it is still a new and unsettled land for each couple that enters into it.
Compiled by: Herman Abrahams (Senior Pastor), Cornerstone Faith Ministries, P.O. Box 740, Westridge 7802, Rep. of South Africa.
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Series: Successful Family
MARRIAGE: A PIONEERING EXPERIENCE or WORKING ON YOUR MARRIAGE
MATT 19:3-9 3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?” 4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” 7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?” 8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.”
Marriage is like the conquest and settling of a new land. The situation when you cross from single to married life could be compared to that of the Israelites when they crossed the Jordan under the leadership of Joshua. A new and unexplored territory stretches out before you. No matter how many people have settled down in marriage before, it is still a new and unsettled land for each couple that enters into it.
1. HOPE and DIFFICULTY
Pioneering links together two things which often strives together in marriage:
HOPE and DIFFICULTY.
Pioneers enter a new territory with great hopes. They envisage the beautiful life which will be theirs in this new land: home, wealth and future.
This new land does not yield up its treasure without a struggle. Pioneers run up against obstacles and forces which would drive them back and keep them from settling the land.
All too often hope shrivels up in the face of difficulty. Difficulty when it comes is greeted with dismay; and gives way to discouragement. Virtually any real difficulty can cut the nerve of hope:-
A sharp disagreement between husband and wife;
A problem in the sexual relationship;
A difference over finances
Marriage was created by God (Matthew 9:4-6) and is intended for our happiness; when a man finds a wife he is blessed of the Lord: