Getting married for sex is like buying a 747 for the free peanuts. — Jeff Foxworthy

A few years back, the Pew Poll reported that 44% of Americans under 30 believe marriage is heading for extinction, but 95% of Americans want to get married someday. That’s interesting, isn’t it? They know there’s something dynamic and special about this relationship, but our culture keeps saying, “Marriage was great for your grandparents, but it’s unnecessary today.” Time magazine ran a cover that simply asked, “Who needs marriage?” How would you answer?

Lie 1: Marriage is an archaic institution irrelevant for enlightened modern people. Many believe this lie, the rest of us need to ask ourselves if marriage is worth it.

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)

This is the way God always intended it: One man, one woman coming together, becoming one, enjoying oneness in Christ. It’s God’s original plan, and it’s meant to last. He’s never rescinded it. Marriage is simply one of God’s great ideas.

I’ve done dozens of weddings over the years, and I start them all the same way: “Marriage is:

  • A holy estate instituted by God.
  • Commanded for all who enter it lawfully and in true affection.
  • Consecrated by Christ’s presence at the marriage feast in Cana of Galilee.
  • Set forth as signifying the mystical union between Christ and the Church.
  • Ordained for the consecration of union between man and woman so that natural instincts directed aright they might live in purity and honor.
  • Ordained for the increase of mankind and that children might be brought up in the fear and the nurture of the Lord.
  • Ordained for companionship, health, and comfort.
  • Ordained for the welfare of human society which can be strong and happy only where the marriage bond is held highly in honor.”

Satan lies. The truth is that marriage is divine, timeless, and significant. Marriage is part of God’s eternal purpose… and it will be until death we do part.

God, when I begin to doubt the validity of marriage, convict me of Your purpose in marriage for my good and Your glory. Amen.

Taken from Pete’s 365-day devotional book Experiencing LIFE Today.