The concept of marriage in the Bible goes all the way back to book one: Genesis.
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”
And after a long day of naming all of the living creatures God brought to him, Adam took a nap. While Adam was sleeping, God took one of Adam’s ribs and created another human in his image. Adam named her woman. God had created a helper for Adam.
This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.
That was the original design for marriage by God—two people helping each other in an intimate, united relationship. As someone once said, the point of marriage is to find someone with whom you can serve God better together than you could alone.
However, marriage has been used throughout history as a system to rule over bloodlines and properties. Many marriages were arranged to build alliances between families, thus making larger, stronger communities. Most couples weren’t married for love or personal choice, but for economic and social standings. The parties being joined often had no say.
Even today, people continue to marry—or avoid marriage—for stability and convenience. Some people get married because it makes sense to them financially. Others don’t want to get married because of the financial repercussions, so they choose to just live together instead. Although finances are a very important aspect to a healthy marriage, they are not a solid foundation for a healthy relationship. Instead, our finances (and all other aspects of a marriage) should be built on the solid foundation of Jesus—on a union intended to serve and glorify God.
Lead Pastor Ben Snyder talked through some biblical math, stating that 1×1=1, meaning that a man and woman joined in marriage become one. I submit that 1+1=3. By this I mean that when a man and woman who each love Jesus come together, that makes three.
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
My husband, John, and I help each other to grow in our relationships with God. We take time to listen to Jesus’ teachings and do our best to follow his ways. Finances are an important part of our relationship, but they are rooted in our faith in God—we regularly pray for and about each other and our finances, and we have taken the Financial Peace University together, which taught us a lot about stewardship of God’s money.
Instead of finances, we’ve built our life on what Jesus says is true about us. We fix our eyes on Jesus, and he reminds us not to pressure one another to meet needs only God can. We remember that it’s about God and how we can honor and be of service to him. Finances are an important part of our life together, but Jesus is the bedrock of our marriage.
Are finances the foundation of your relationship (or life), or are they an aspect of your relationship/life built on top of a foundation in Jesus? Have you taken the Financial Peace University course? Did you find it helpful? Do you apply the principles it taught? Do you belong to a Group?
If you’re single, this is the best time to develop healthy financial habits. Join a Financial Peace Bible Study Group from the Groups Directory. If you’re married, talk regularly with your spouse about the household finances.
God, you are a good and generous Father. Thanks for taking care of your children and guiding us along a path that shines a light on your goodness. Help others to see you and be drawn to you. I pray that everyone will know and love you the way that I do. Lord, you are the light in a dark world. I long for your return. Use me to bring as many to you as possible. In the quietness of my heart, I lift up those people who need prayer for financial blessing, healing, comfort, and compassion that only you can offer. You know who they are, you know what they need. I lay them at your feet. Dress me in the armor of your love that I may go forth and do your will today. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Julie Estep, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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