This is a repost from our Marriage Adventures Blog
And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here (Exodus 33:14-15 NKJV)
Moses had been given direction and purpose as the leader of the children of Israel on their journey to the Promised Land. Moses, in a conversation with God, was promised that the presence of God would go with him. Not only did God assure Moses of His presence but He reiterated that rest would be given to the Israelites in the process. Moses’ response was to request from God that, “If you don’t accompany us, then don’t move us.” Moses appreciated and acknowledged the importance of the involvement and presence of God in accomplishing the God-given assignment.
Marriage is an institution that was established and is still sanctioned by God. A truly successful marital relationship must embrace the necessity for God’s presence and involvement. Just as Moses asked God to go with them, we must do the same for our marriages.
To embrace the need for God’s intervention is to recognize that the designed purpose for marriage was to provide help in life, pursuing pleasing Him. God wants to reveal His love and nurturing character within the marriage relationship. This will require the assistance of God to enable us to successfully demonstrate and share the love we received from Him. God is always giving us examples of love in action because He knows we cannot share or give what we have not received. Therefore, in order to execute God’s plan of unconditional redemptive love, He must be at the center of our life experience.
The more you involve God, the more you begin to understand that He desires and loves to be invited into every aspect of your life. Marriage is an experience that is no exception. You will find that marriage is not a take home test where you are on your own. God has promised to always be there. Trust Him to be faithful to you and His Word.
Reminder: Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV) (Adrian)