The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee.
Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. (John 2:1-2)
Daily Bible Reading: Exodus 10:1 – 12:5
Relate: About six months after their wedding the bride met her husband for his lunch break. “I have some very important news.” She says, “pretty soon there will be three of us living in the house.” Tears of joy well up in her husband’s eyes. He steps into a hug, spinning her in the air. As he sets her down, his hand rests on her belly and says, “This is a surprise but it is so good to hear. I love you so much.” The bride smiles and says, “And I love you too. I just found out. My mom sold her house and will be moving in with us next weekend.” The tears begin to flow in her man’s eyes, but they are no longer tears of joy.
All joking aside, there are few things that more beautifully represent the love God has for us as does the love of a groom for his bride. More than once Jesus uses the illustration of a wedding feast to paint a picture of the Kingdom of God. A common phrase for the end of time when God gathers His people to Himself is the marriage supper of the Lamb. If God is to climax His second coming with a wedding feast then it was only fitting that He would finally go public with His first coming at one as well. God loves a good wedding.
React: That is why it breaks His heart to see how in our culture this ceremony has become so profaned. As deeply as God loves a good wedding, He hates divorce. Some might call getting a prenuptial agreement wise, but I would say the opposite. If you plan for failure, that is what you get. Why would you stand before God, your friends, and family and vow “to have and to hold from this day forward” if you know that in a few years you will be letting go? What would you say “for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health” if you don’t truly mean it? Do you think God doesn’t hear when you say, “till death do us part?” Does He not weep when these words are used so flippantly?
This might not be the happiest or most joyful way to talk about what is such a beautiful and happy and godly institution, but there is someone reading this who needs to hear a bit of truth. God hates divorce. He hates it. If the word has entered into the conversation between you and your spouse, bite your tongue. If it has begun to enter into your thoughts as you are going through a rough patch, root it out. Find a loving older couple who has had a long successful marriage and begin to get counseling and advice from them. Dig deeply into the Word and prayer. Begin dating and doing those things that first caused you two to fall in love. God is the minister of reconciliation. From cover to cover the Bible is all about His love pursuing us and winning us back even when we have run from Him. He did everything even to the point of torture and death to win us back. That is why divorce is an antitheses to His character and nature. He hates it. And so should we.
God, we have been so unfaithful. Time and time again we have left You and abandoned You for other lovers. We have made You second, third, or even last place in our hearts. We have sold ourselves to spiritual (and sometimes physical debauchery). We repent. I repent. I am so grateful that in spite of my unfaithfulness You continue to pursue me. You continue to love me. You forgive me. Help us to do the same. Even if we have been cheated on, even if we have been wronged, even if we have been sinned against, it is nothing compared to what we have done to You. The hurts and offences we have born are so small compared to Your carrying our cross, taking on our sin, and experiencing separation from the Father so that we don’t have to. Help us to embody your faithfulness. Help us to live out and model Your grace and mercy. Help us to hold marriage in the same sacred, high regard that You do. Help us to be more like You.