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Marriage is like the human body. It starts out full of youth and energy, and everything looks really good. Then, as years start to pass, it develops blemishes, wrinkles and even some scars.  When we vow to love our spouse for better or for worse, until death do us part, we take on a lifelong commitment. Even though it was a different era and culture, there’s a lot we can learn from the marriages in the Bible.

Sarah left her family, her home and her way of life to follow her husband Abraham when he didn’t even know where they were going. His faith in God must have been incredible, but let’s not miss Sarah’s faith in her husband. She trusted and followed him. Their journey was not easy. Their marriage became blemished and scarred, but they stuck together and, at a very old age, they were blessed with the birth of their son, Isaac. Husbands, are you willing to listen and trust and follow God? Are you willing to lead your family into uncharted territory? Wives, are you willing to listen to you husband, trust him and follow his leadership of your family?

Like Abraham and Sarah, Mary and Joseph dealt with some wrinkles before they even got married. Imagine being Joseph, and hearing your fiancée say she was pregnant but still a virgin—that might be too much for me to handle! But Joseph trusted the Lord. He pledged to marry Mary, and he kept his word despite the circumstances. Mary trusted the Lord as well. Their mutual trust in the Lord and in each other brought them through a most difficult engagement. The result was blessing upon blessing. Mary gave birth to Jesus, and they raised him. They went on to have more children together. What an amazing marriage to have begun so awkwardly.

Our bodies age. We don’t always notice the changes year to year, but with time we can tell we’re physically, mentally and emotionally different. Both good and bad things mold us into who we are. Likewise, our marriage is always changing and growing. We must learn to entrust our marriages to the Lord. God will use our blemishes and scars to strengthen our marriages and our walk with Him. May we have the faith of Abraham and Sarah and Mary and Joseph. May we aspire to love our spouses like they did and fight for our marriages.

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