by Heather Tietz
Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the LORD.
Solomon knew what Harvard Health Publication has just discovered recently, married men are healthier than their single counterparts. In Proverbs Solomon gives a word of wisdom to the young men of his day. “Search for a wife. Don’t just carelessly choose one, search.” Why? There are many women, but a wife is not so easy to find.
From the very beginning, God realized that it was not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18). Think of it, a beautiful garden, food at Adam’s fingertips, animals to enjoy, and God Himself. Yet, God saw that something was amiss. Adam had no one to share God’s wonders with, no hands to help him, no physical face to converse with. So God created the union of marriage. He saw a need in Adam and designed the perfect fill for his lacking. Adam would be the same for her. The Bible reads, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor”(Ecclesiastes 4:9). Marriage is designed to help those involved succeed.
Ultimately marriage is a reflection of God’s relationship to His church. He calls us “His bride.” If we’ve said “Yes” to Him than He is committed to us “for better or for worse.” God is faithful. He is trustworthy. He is patient. He is loving. How are we? Do we faithfully love God too?