A Worthwhile Journey

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, October 25, 2019

The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” Genesis 2:23

I love to travel with my family. My goal is to travel around the world at least once before I transition to heaven. I would like to see the beauty of God’s diverse creation so I can give Him an account of what I saw and experienced on earth. I want to sample different cuisines and experience different cultures. Psalm 115:16 says, “The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth He has given to all humanity.” Therefore, I want to have a full experience of all the earth with my wife by my side.

To make the experience of enjoying the earth more pleasurable, God created the covenant of marriage so male and female can enjoy the fullness of their experience as stewards of the earth. God did not want the man Adam to experience the journey of life alone. Adam could not identify with the animals because he was created in the image of God, unlike the rest of creation.

The breath of God that was in Adam entitled him to a higher level of spiritual experience and cosmic awareness. After all, even the Almighty God is not alone. The Godhead consists of a Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Adam inherited that need for community. Thus, God created the Wo-man as a being to complete and enhance the life’s journey of Adam.

The journey of every Christian man can only feel complete in partnership with a woman. In Genesis 2:18, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Thus, God proceeded to take flesh and bone from Adam to create a suitable helper for him.”

No man can be a suitable helper for another man. Only a woman can fulfill that role according to God’s creative design. Therefore, Proverbs 18:22 tells us, “a man that finds a wife, finds a good thing, and gains favor from the Lord.” Some blessings can only be enjoyed within the context of a covenantal relationship between a man and a woman.

When a man finds a good wife (Proverbs 31 wife), his life’s journey becomes more meaningful and worthwhile, dramatically. Proverbs 4:9-12 says, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

The journey of covenantal marriage is worthwhile. Unfortunately, it is often misunderstood, underappreciate, and even denigrated. Some people make that journey seem like a burden or a prison sentence. The true essence of maleness and femaleness can only be discovered within the ministry of marriage. Our spirituality deepens when we commit fully to the triangular relationship between God, a husband, and a wife.

God uses our partners in the ministry of marriage to teach us divine principles and godly lessons that we cannot learn alone. Pastor Classy Preston of Pleasant Grove Church always says that God uses her marriage to keep her humble. That is a profound biblical lesson that I am beginning to appreciate more and more. God has been using my marriage to teach me patience, endurance, humility, wisdom, and steadfastness. Those principles are helping to be more effective in the vocation of pastoral ministry and making my Christian journey more meaningful.

If you pay attention, you will discover that God is using your spouse to teach you lessons that are making you a better man or woman. Therefore, your life’s journey with your spouse is a blessing and not a burden. Your spouse is your greatest asset (spiritual, physical, emotional, financial). You just pray for the wisdom to take full advantage of the blessings that he or she represents and let God sort out all the details and fix what needs to be fixed to his glory. Enjoy the ride in this worthwhile journey.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, I pray for the couples that look at their marriage as a burden. Help them to realize that marriage is a blessing and begin to enjoy their life’s journey with their partner.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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