by Adrien Segal from John Piper’s Desiring God – Did You Expect Your Marriage to be Easy?
Editor’s note: Wow, just about every single time some patriarch or his wife talks about Biblical marriage they make it sound about as easy and attractive as scaling Mount Everest nude with no supplies or canisters of oxygen. An impossible task that’s going to leave you with lots of scars, or perhaps cost you your life. You know marriage is bad in Quiverfull Evangelical Fundamentalism when the marriage advice given by hate pastor Steven Anderson start to sound reasonable. At least Anderson recognizes that men must keep tidy personally and treat their wives kindly whereas this bit makes it sound like marriage is an Iron Man competition of endurance.
Apparently God didn’t create marriage to make life easy. God created marriage to unfold beauty, depth, strength, and love that could never be discovered in a land of “easy.” God created marriage to help us enter into the world of what real love looks like. If we are able to look past daily irritation, inconvenience, and selfish resentments to get a glimpse of the real thing, it will bring us to our knees in worship. Not of our marriage, but of God, himself. God created marriage to show us what his love for us looks like.
Marriage — and all very hard things we experience in this life — are a means God has devised to help us drink deeply of the immeasurable glory of genuine love. We would never see this beauty and depth strolling down an easy road. Persistent, striving, overcoming effort fueled by the sustaining power of our Creator God ultimately yields deep joy and satisfaction that selfish, spoiling, “easy” love would never experience or display. The best picture we have is the cross. Praise God Jesus didn’t expect his marriage to his bride to be easy. But because he was faithful in the hardest, ugliest marriage ever, we may now enjoy pleasures forevermore.
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