Genesis 2:18-25 (ESV)

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” [19] So out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. [20] The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. [21] So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. [22] And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. [23] Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;

she shall be called Woman,

because she was taken out of Man.”

[24] Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. [25] And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Yesterday was our 30th wedding anniversary. It is hard to believe that my wife and I have actually been together for thirty years. It has been and continues to be a great ride and this is testimony to a great God whose grace does far more than we could have asked or thought.

Yesterday, we went to Centre Island, ate at a nice restaurant, walked forever and ended the day at a Second Cup for a coffee and a piece of chocolate cake. Marriage is a good thing. It was not good that the man in the garden was alone and God’s good solution was marriage. It is still a good solution. It has turned into something far less than what God intended because of sin.

There is no marriage not marred by sin. And there is no marriage that the grace of God cannot remedy. The Bible talks much about marriage and we ignore its teachings at our peril. The Bible talks much about marriage and we follow its teachings about marriage to our great good and the good of the culture. Of course, the Bible is not primarily a marriage manual. The Bible is about who God is, what we are, and what God has done to bring us back to Him. It teaches us how to live here and now for His glory and that includes our marriages.

Over at Desiring God there are over 600 resources related to marriage. You can find them here . Have a look. They cannot hurt you and they may do you some great good. Perhaps some of them will help your marriage. Perhaps you might find something that can help someone you know.

Marriage is a good thing and it is a tragedy that so many find that theirs is not. How we need love in the home more than we need it anywhere else. And it is possible, because our God can do impossible things.

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