For the month of August, Mercy Street will be sharing testimony of the importance of having a marriage built on a strong
foundation through Jesus Christ. Granted, the cost to build a strong foundation is expensive, but a weak foundation would cost more. Without proper support, a structure may not be sound and could present future problems. Developers hire architects and engineers; ap- point a contractor; pay fees to the county or to the city, as well as to other departments; develop a set of plans, and use heavy equipment to move tons of dirt, all to prepare the foundation. If only we were as careful in preparing for marriage.
In the same way, a relationship with Christ provides the foundation for strong marriages. The foundation built today provides the strength to weather the storm tomorrow. In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus said, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
Contextually, this Scripture is dealing with obedience to God’s Word. This should cause all Christians to search their hearts as to whether they are truly obeying Him in all areas of life. It’s unfortunate that today’s focus is largely on external factors (e.g., looks, money, position, status, etc.). These superficial values have left marriage in a moral, as well as a spiritual crisis. We’ve become a society focused on prosperity instead of provision, we value wealth instead of wisdom, and we are drawn to charisma instead of character. It’s little wonder that divorce is at an all time high—our foundation has slowly deteriorated.
In the past, a life-long commitment and exclusive intimacy in marriage held the family together. It was in that setting that children learned, love grew, and character developed. Divorce was rarely an option…a spouse was considered an asset rather than a liability.