“For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife. . . . Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” Matthew 19:5, 6
One of the reasons I love the Bible so much is because it gets straight to the point. The very first verse in the very first book starts “In the beginning GOD created.” Do you have faith in God or do you reject his existence? The answer has massive life altering consequences. Without God the universe is purposeless, your life is pointless, your choices are meaningless, and you will die returning to nothingness. With God the universe is a beautiful creation, your life has purpose, your choices have eternal consequences, and your relationships and soul live on for eternity.
Without God marriage is pointless and an artifact of evolution. Love is simply hormones. Thankfully, marriage is a covenant that God himself has constructed and “joins together.”
Ecclesiastes 4:12 “And if a man overpower the one, the two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
During my years in the Plymouth Brethren, Ecclesiastes 4:12 was taken to mean that a man and a woman together in marriage are stronger. The marriage bond with God as the 3rd cord in the marriage yields a lasting bond. My old Plymouth Brethren were right. A belief in God is foundational to a positive healthy marriage and life.
Proverbs 9:10 states “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”.
But belief in God alone is not what makes a good marriage. Many “moderate” Christians believe in a small God. A brother in Christ, Brennan Manning, died yesterday April 12, 2013. He said, “You will only be as big as your God is.” He’s right. While asking God for wisdom about your health, work, and relationship problems is appropriate, don’t forget that your God is big, really BIG. When you are depressed and upset remember your God created the universe. In fact many Christians have gotten their God so small that their God looks an awful lot like them and their first world problems. The following are examples of a first world problem: looking into a refrigerator that is packed with food and complaining you can’t find anything to eat; saying “I’m bored” when you have books, X Box, art supplies, sports equipment, etc., complaining about who comes or doesn’t come to your party. Our family enjoys pointing out first world problem statements.
Ecclesiastes 5:2 “Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter anything before God: for God is in the heavens, and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few.”
Our God reigns! Our God conquered death! Our God created the amazing universe! Our God created you for a special purpose. We are surrounded by the miracle of life, a beautiful creation, the air we breathe, the delicious food we eat, our innovation as we live out what it means to be made in the image of God. So why are so many of us Christians popping pills for depression and complaining incessantly about our first world life? Answer: a small God.
Buck up and appreciate the Love of God, the Cross, and the Grace of God. Men and Women of Faith have praised God through the loss of their family, through starvation, through torture, through complete and utter poverty – tell me again about your first world problems. Be a Man or Woman of Faith and live as a Child of the King. Read Hebrews 11, Fox’s Book of Martyrs and then try telling the world about your problems again.
Hebrews 11:36-40 “And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”
Atheists have always sought to minimize God through mockery and denial. At a loss to explain the origin of the amazing universe, they claim His creation as common and life as mere chance. They fought against our Christian brother Louis Pasteur who proved that spontaneous life generation doesn’t exist. They lost. They mocked our Christian brother Georges Lemaitre calling his theory a “Big Bang” as it contradicted their belief in spontaneous matter generation. They lost. Now they ignore the stunning work of Godel and his incompleteness theorems. They lost again.
Is your God the God of the universe who sent his son to die on a cross to redeem you and make you a Child of the King? Or is your God the small God of the moderate Christian, first world problems, and limited faith?