Last Tuesday night, over 3 million people tuned into the Evolution vs. Creation Debate, between Bill Nye the “Science Guy” and Ken Ham the “founder of the Creation Museum”. How relevant this debate is to our passage today.
You see, if we do not believe that Genesis 1 is truth – then our reading in Genesis 2 is irrelevant.
Hebrews 11:1-3 says:
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”
It is by faith, that we believe God spoke the world into existence. Without creation – there is no Adam, no Eve, no sin nature and no need for a Savior. Essentially, God’s word is not God’s word. And so by faith, we believe God created Adam and Eve.
In Genesis 2 we find the role of the wife defined and that is what today’s 2 minute video is about:
(if you cannot see the video – click here)
I know that these are not easy words for a modern woman of today to accept. But, it is so completely beautiful when we live out God’s plan for marriage.
Sometimes we are tempted to think the grass is greener in other marriages. We imagine that someone has something better than we have, and we want it. We can’t see the dirt from our angle. And possibly the grass is super green in the front yard, but in the backyard it’s filled with dead spots that are hidden from acquaintances.
To be honest, the neighbors on both sides of us literally have greener grass. They both have in-ground sprinklers and spend time tending to their yards. Their yards look gorgeous! Ours, on the other hand, gets burned out by the sun every summer and the only green spots are where the neighbors’ sprinklers spray onto our yard. Lol! We could have exactly what our neighbors have if we would simply water and tend to our grass!
This same principle applies in marriage. Before we jump ship or sit in discontentment, I wonder if we watered and tended to our marriages, if we could be the ones with the greener marriages!
Here’s How to Water Your Marriage:
1.) Accept the fact that all marriages are flawed.
As Dr. Gary Chapman says, “Conflicts are not a sign that you have married the wrong person. They simply affirm that you are human.”
2.) Make your husband second priority only to God.
Flip-flop your priorities so your marriage is not coming in dead last, and you will find grass that looks burned start to grow green again.
3.) Set aside a regular date night (even if you can’t leave your home, declare a special evening after the kids are in bed).
Spend some time just enjoying your husband. Hold hands, steal kisses, talk, and listen. Slow down and enjoy each other as you did during the dating days!
4.) Smile at your husband.
A genuine smile is simple but irresistible.
5.) If your grass is looking brown in some spots, tend specifically to those spots with prayer.
Do not let it go dormant and die! If necessary, seek professional counseling to find ways to water the burned areas and help them grow again.
6.) Do not neglect your marriage and assume that it will grow all on its own.
Just as my brown grass is not going to turn green on its own, my marriage isn’t going to flourish on its own. To stay healthy, your marriage needs your attention. Discipline yourself to tend to it.
Week 4: Reading Plan
This week’s Challenge:
We all have husbands with different needs. Don’t miss the blessing of being a helper to your husband. What are some areas you already help your husband in? What are some areas where you could work to be a better source of support and encouragement?
Walk with the King,