MARRIAGE: A GARDEN OF TREASURES
Dear Reader, Marriage is a garden planted by God, a garden of teaching, learning, understanding, accommodating and appreciating. What does Marriage mean to you? Is it a blessing or a ‘necessary evil', as many would say? Is it a bed of roses or one that is full of thorns and thistles? Is it a help to you or an everyday hurt that you are trying by all means to avoid?
I have good news for you. This month, I shall be showing you the true blessings of marriage. As you apply the truth in your own marriage, you will begin to enjoy the same blessings in Jesus' name.
Marriage is a unique relationship ordained of God, for a man and a woman to give and receive satisfaction of their healthy needs and desires. It is the oldest institution in the world, having its root in divinity. God, Himself instituted it. This is clearly seen as written in Genesis 2:22, which says: …The Lord God… made … a woman, and brought her unto the man. It is not the culture of any country of the world. It is heaven's culture. Marriage can be likened to a garden. When God conducted the first wedding, He placed the couples (Adam and Eve) in the true environment for marriage – "the Garden of Eden."
The dictionary meaning of a garden is a piece of ground used for growing flowers, fruits, vegetables and other plants. Marriage is a garden planted by God Himself. God's Word in Genesis 2:8-16 says: … The Lord God planted a garden… God was and is still the Great Planter of the marriage garden. His design is always the best. When you accept His design, the best of your marriage will come out for you. Like every normal garden, there are several efforts and care applied, in order for the health and beauty given to it to yield its best, as God designed it to be for you.
Marriage is not just an ordinary garden, but a garden full of treasures. These treasures are there, just waiting to be dug out. However, digging is a gradual process that requires patience, labour, diligence, wisdom and determination from you. I am a living witness to the fact that marriage is a garden full of treasures.
By the grace of God, I have been digging out some of the treasures in it and I tell you, they are profitable. God is no respecter of persons. The same Lord is rich unto all. You, too, can start digging out the treasures and make use of them to the glory of God.
Let us examine some of the treasures in the marriage garden.
Genesis 2:9 says: Out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food… In the natural, trees have many uses, and they can also be reproduced into many things. Trees make for beauty, hence the statement "…every tree that is pleasant to the sight…" Trees give shade from the heat of the sun and are sometimes used to ward off erosion. They can be used to drain excess water from swamps that may breed infectious insects and other health hazards. Likewise, marriage is meant for beauty. It is meant to check the excesses of life providing security and comfort from the usual stress of life. When you act in conscious obedience to the Word of God concerning marriage, you will begin to enjoy the blessings of marriage.
Trees produce edible fruits that are good for food as written in Genesis 2:9: Out of the ground made the lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food…. What food does in the natural world, is to quench hunger and leave you satisfied. Also, marriage is meant to give you satisfaction in life. Lack of satisfaction and continuous hunger, is what has pushed many married men and women outside the home to commit adultery.
Here is a testimony that will build your faith up: "I used to worship in a place where I was made to believe that misunderstanding brings about understanding. I was even asked if I had any serious quarrel with my wife and I said, ‘no.' I was made to believe that quarrelling and fighting were parts of marriage. I believed this and we started having problems at home. With Word of God that we have heard, read and put into practice along with the right spiritual food that we have received from this place, my marriage, to the glory of God, has been healed from every misunderstanding." Yours can experience the same in the name of Jesus.
Since God created the marriage garden, He alone has all that can make it work. For you to have a better access to God's help, you need to accept His Son Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. If you will like to accept Jesus Christ, please, say this prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your blood. Deliver me from sin and satan, to serve the living God. I believe You died for me and on the third day, You rose that I might be justified. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom".
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus' Name!
Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Tel. No: 08141320204; 07026385437; 07094254102
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Making Marriage Work, Marriage Covenant, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).