“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:3).
“… the new creation is a work of God … for who can create spiritual light, infuse a principle of spiritual life, take away the heart of stone, and give an heart of flesh, or produce faith, but God?” John Gill
How different would my marriage be if I applied this absolute truth as my source and foundation – “Through Him all things were made”?
Jesus is the creator of all relationships and all that is good in them. Yet, we find ourselves constantly trying to manufacture and manipulate for ourselves the kind of relationship that will make us comfortable – stagnant really. If our mate begins to cause discomfort the walls arise; withdrawal and retreat take the place of union and oneness.
Some of us enter into marriage with great expectations and anticipate that our love is powerful enough as it is. Others enter in with great caution and reluctance to release their hearts to another. Regardless of which extreme we find ourselves, we need a Creator. In Christian marriage there is a “light” which exists as both partners have been redeemed and filled with the presence of His Spirit. Yet, too often we allow our relationships to remain at “Day One” (Genesis 1: 3-5) and miss the greater creative work of God. Jesus was not satisfied with creation after the first day. The glory of the “Light” was not enough. There was much more to be done – so it is in marriage. What needs formation in our marriages? Will we allow the Maker to create it? Let us resist our fallen tendency to try and create it on your own – or worse – be blind to the fact that there is more.
“Without Him nothing was made that has been made.” Paul adds, “… and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17b). Today, take the time to recognize and adore Him for what He has created and preserved in your life and marriage and from there petition Him to continue His creative work.
Creator Lord, we see there is much left undone in our marriages. We recognize you as the one source of all creative action in our lives. We appeal to you to take our relationship to new places of love, intimacy, honesty and power. We admit our failure to manufacture these things on our own and pledge to you and one another our desire for “more” – in the power of Jesus.