Melanie Lenow Describes Why Marriage, as Proverbs 18:22 States It, Is “a Good Thing”

Melanie Lenow
Melanie Lenow

I sat at a table with some wonderful ladies the other night embarking on another year of seminary for their husbands. This year’s theme for the group is Proverbs 18:22: “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.”

The Lord has been working in my heart and mind about how marriage is such a “good thing.” I am so grateful God blessed me with my husband almost 12 years ago. It’s not necessarily because he and I are walking around in a sea of marital bliss and our lives are filled with ease and euphoric charity with each other all day long.

Quite the contrary, we have just recently come out of a very hard time in the life of our family. We love each other more than ever, and respect and value each other in ways that we never did before. However, in the hardest times of the last year and a half as well as the best times of recent days, God has constantly reminded me that marriage is a “good thing.”

Why is this so? Surely, in our highly individualized, self-sufficient culture, God could see that one would do just fine on their own. Nope. That is not how God sees it. God created marriage and created His people to be in a covenantal relationship meant to last a lifetime.

Here are three ways marriage really is a good thing:

We are unified with our husbands

My husband and I do pre-marital counseling and I often share this reality: If you are having communication problems or forgiveness problems or times when one of you is simply demanding your way too much, it will show up in your physical relationship. God, in His great wisdom, created us for unity in heart and body, and you can’t have one without the other.

In a different aspect, the writer of Hebrews says this, “Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” Sex, within the context of marriage, works to protect ourselves from the pitfalls of sexual sins. Just like a loving parent sets up boundaries for their children to protect them, God has established the boundaries of marriage to protect His children from the grave dangers of illicit sexual behavior.

In marriage, you are unified and are a testimony to the lost world. This is a good thing.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Melanie Lenow

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