Each and every one of us that is married represents something Satan doesn’t have nor will ever posses. Our marriage to our husbands is a symbol of the church body’s marriage to Christ. Satan is not a part of a Christian marriage, nor is he invited to the marriage supper. And he knows it.
He has been left out, and is jealous of what he will never have. And he’s out to destroy it. This puts us all under attack–even if we aren’t married yet.
Friends, have you felt the attack before?
Do you listen to a voice you know not where it comes from and quietly get angry or agitated with your spouse? Can you look back at these times and wonder why you felt the way you did when you know it really wasn’t a defining point in your relationship?
Has a child began to act out or manipulate a parent? Maybe he or she is refusing to attend church. Perhaps one or more children have become the bully or gotten into other troubles. You are starting to disagree on child rearing and new discipline measures.
I promise to be good to you in the good times and the bad
Has an illness or death of a child or other loved one put a wedge between you? Perhaps it is felt through the entire household.
In sickness and health
Perhaps a wife quit a job to stay home with children–or a husband was laid off? Finances aren’t as stable as when you first married with two steady incomes coming into the house. You now have to choose where the finances go–and you don’t agree.
Through richer or poorer
Maybe you realize one day that you are no longer young anymore. And, dare I say it, you aren’t happy with how life has turned out. You want life to be different. Does your spouse feel the same way? Or is he content? If your spouse is content, do you suddenly feel that in order to have the different life that you “deserve” so much, that you will have to do it alone? Or with someone else?
I will love you and honor you all the days of my life
These are all attacks from the enemy friends.
But here’s the good news–he is easily defeated by your Creator. If you have been here, or if you are here, are you letting Jesus fight your battle?
Do you use Him as your shield with each arrow launched at you? or your spouse?
Do you go to Him every morning for the strategic battle plan for the day? And again when the attack changes and a new defense plan is needed?
Have you put God first in your marriage? When you are first, or your husband is first, Satan can easily defeat you. When God is chief in your marriage, the enemy is quickly outsmarted and your shield grows vastly larger.
For those of you out there who feel at the end of your rope–and are even contemplating divorce (for reasons other than spousal abuse or infidelity), I’d like to share a prayer with you.
May you always look to Christ to fight your battles and heal your wounds.