He who finds a wife finds what is good
and receives favour from the Lord.
(Continued from Day 3)
“Thanks dad” says John, father and son embracing warmly.
As they part, Michael steps back and looks his son up and down.
“You’re every bit the man I expected you to be today. Keep it up, and you’ll make her happy.”
“How long do I have to do that for?”
“Oh, I’ve been told the first 60 years are the hardest” he says, a slight smile on his face.
“Yeah, yeah, funny funny.”
“I’m serious though son. Having a wife, being a husband, these are big commitments, and as much as it is a blessing to be married, it comes with its own costs. Your time is no longer your own. In fact, everything that you have is hers, and everything she has is yours… all the good, all the bad. That’s why the vows you’ll say today mention ‘in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse, until death do you part.’ Being married is hard work, even though it is a blessing.”
“You mean it’s not just about property rights, names, legal protections and sex?” John quips, trying to lighten the mood.
“Well, those things are part of it, but it’s far more than that. A wife is a blessing from God, and if I was talking to Marie, I’d tell her that a husband is also a blessing from God. Marriage is a blessing from God. When we receive blessings, we’re meant to look to the one blessing us, and give thanks. We’re called to show our thanks by living our lives in the way he calls us to. And in the case of marriage, it means that we’re called to do a lot to show our thankfulness.”
“It’s not that line from Spiderman, is it?”
“I’m afraid it is. With great power…”
“… comes great responsibility” groans John. “It’d be easier to be single, I think.”
“Maybe, my son, maybe. But that’s not what you were called to, is it? I can’t imagine you feeling that way when you see your bride in an hours’ time.“
With that reminder, the groom-in-waiting brightens up.
“I suppose some things are worth the cost.”
(To be continued…)
We thank you that you have given marriage as a blessing and favour to humanity.
We thank you for calling some to marriage, and some to singleness, recognising that you bless each of us in our lives through your will.
May the Holy Spirit help us to see the blessings in our lives for what they are, that we may rightly respond to you and give you honour and praise, that you might be glorified.
In Jesus‘ name,
Devotionals written by Ben & Thea Pratt with editorial assistance by
Warwick Marsh & David Rowsome from Canberra Declaration with thanks for input and advice from an interdenominational editorial team. The team at the Canberra Declaration also thank the team at the National Day of Prayer & Fasting for their kind assistance