There is just so much in life and marriage to be happy about! God has kept us to see another day, and that is worth celebrating. Let’s not pretend that all is perfect or even good. Yet, there is much to thank God for.
Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
This passage comes after the long list of the testimonies of the lives of the men and women given in Heb. 11. They had demonstrated great measures of faith in tough situations. It is not a marriage passage, but it does encourage us in our marriage:
- Many have the testimony of our grandparents, our parents or friends that remind us how faith in God strengthens couple’s in marriage. But even if we don’t have others in our family or circle that have great marriages cemented by their faith in God, well, we have the 45 or so, marriages of the Bible.
- Having the testimony of what God has done in so many marriages – by faith – lay aside every hurdle and sin which traps us. The responsibility is ours, lay it aside.
- Run the race marked out in front of you. Every marriage runs their race on their own course. Different than running the Boston Marathon or the 100m sprint at the Olympics, the Christian race is run on the course that God marks out for you. Thinking about that has relieved me from so much stress. My wife and I are running the race that God has given us, not the race of another couple.
- Run, with eyes fixed on Jesus. Christ brought you together and He will keep your marriage together. Focus on Him, more than problems and even more than you focus on each other.
- With great joy, Christ endured the cross…so that you will not get weary and lose heart. Amazing! Christ endured all of that suffering – so that we can find strength to be full of energy and life.
As Christians, this is how we live, mindful of God’s power in marriage, laying aside sin, running for Christ, with eyes fixed on Jesus, who endured the cross for us with great joy, so that we can live with joy and strength. Be encouraged, live and love with the great joy of Christ who endured for you! Have a Great Day in the Lord!