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Best Marriage Ever Devotional 4

by David Joynt on August 10, 2022

GENESIS 2:18, 24-25 | 18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.”

24 Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

GENESIS 3:8-10 | They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”

At the center of these great tasks is a vision for spiritual partnership. Eve and Adam are called to partner with one another, responding together to God’s instruction and provision. Their oneness does not exclude His presence, and indeed it depends on His blessing and design.

There is a lovely and simple intimacy in these narratives, between God and His first couple. They talk together easily and God joins them in the garden in the early evening, seeking their company and companionship.

Now the sudden break in this intimacy is jarring. Suddenly, Adam and Eve know shame and hide from God, seeing Him as a threat to their new found independence. They fear punishment and their partnership with both God and one another becomes more complicated. But the key fact remains—God gives them great tasks but wants to share in them Himself. He hopes to be in deep relationship with the men and women He has called to life and purpose.

No task is impossible if God is your partner! Agree?

How do we ensure God is a partner in our marriages?

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