God’s greatest gifts to mankind in form of work, wealth and marriage can serve as God’s greatest substitutes.
He gave man dominion over the world and commanded the first man, Adam to have dominion, work and cultivate the land, but that same gift has since held us captive.
He gave us power to make wealth, but the enemy warps us into greed.
He gives us marriage; it’s become His competitor. Our primary love, secondary to none.
Our focus shifts from the harvest.
We desire marriage more than the Lord of the marriage, so why should we expect it serve for our good anyway?
Marriage is good gift. In as much as the world is cynical about it, in as much as its been perverted, in as much as its purposes have been re-aligned to suit our needs more than fulfill God’s purposes, His word is still flawless –Psalm 12:6, reigning supreme over every other research – Marriage is a good gift.
Lest we trivialize His word, every good and perfect gift comes from above, from our Father of lights, with whom there is no shadow of turning – James 1:17.
But there is an immediate danger in craving for marriage so much that every other being, thought, and thing runs behind it including our God. He says, do not worship any other God than me – Exodus 34:14.
The moment marriage raises its head above its creator, then we are practicing idolatry. Let’s not be fooled.
Idolatry doesn’t just mean denying Christ, and the Power of the Holy Spirit, but its in putting everything else before your personal relationship with God.
So does this mean one shouldn’t desire marriage or enjoy the gift of it? Of course you can desire to have a beautiful family. The Bible says that marriage is a gift to be enjoyed. God would rather have us get married than be tormented by passions to a point of falling into sin.
There is no sin in desiring, but there is sin in our desires replacing our God. There is a glaring pit of darkness, if we let our desires have us to a point of controlling us.
God is not looking for emotional martyrs to serve Him. He’s looking for labourers in His vineyard.
He is not looking out for men and women who wear long, serious faces in the name of “serving the Lord.”
He looking for a people who are contented in Him, celebrating every opportunity He gifts them and love Him to a point of death.
Focus on the harvest, you might find a helper.