Some days I think I’m paving the way to hell with good intentions.
(okay, so that was my attempt at humor – no, I don’t believe that’s possible (because JESUS), and yes, I’m usually only funny on accident and at my own expense… and much to the chagrin and eye-rolling of my family and ministry team, I just keep trying to be funny… but I digress…)
I know you stopped by today because you’re looking forward to reading everything the Bible has to say about marriage…
And it’s really my intention to blog all of that… but…
When I took a step back from the leading and saw what I was supposed to do, this whole, “walk through the entire Bible and talk about literally everything God has to say about marriage thing,” it didn’t occur to me that this could take for stinkin’ ever.
I don’t even have my first post up, and I was freaking out already at the sheer magnitude of the opportunity.
And then I realized that September 3rd is NOT a Monday, nor a Wednesday. Which are the days I told Leah I’d blog.
Which actually matters, because she’s on our team, and I try not to lie to the people that I work with.
Thankfully, she knows I’m terrible with dates, numbers, and remembering things. She’s a twenty-something, and has gobs of grace.
So we are starting today anyway… but I’ll be back to the Monday-Wednesday-sometimes Friday schedule soon.
I also considered using a chronological Bible for this, but decided against it when I realized most of my notes are in my life application one.
At any rate, what I’ve decided to do, since I could literally get bogged down in Proverbs for about a bazillion years, and then end up being 80 by the time we hit the New Testament, is still start in Genesis, but when I get to Proverbs, we’re going to SKIP the majority of the verses. I blogged about them regularly anyway for years, and plan to continue when I’m done.
Here’s my approach, which albeit might be considered unintelligent and lame by a ton of other people’s standards…
But God confirmed this leading with His Word from a separate teaching from our pastor this weekend…
So here goes…
I’m going to make the assumption that God wants us to “get it.”
I’m going to avoid doing gobs of historical research on context, and just take the Word at face value, unless He otherwise leads. And that’s where YOU come in…along with some other places…feel free to dig – and share – about what He reveals to you. I just don’t feel led to take that approach as a whole (even though I know I’ve done it in the past). I’m going to make the assumption (I know, maybe dangerous to do) that God’s Word, in the version I have on my nightstand, is enough.
Having said that, I know I’ll have a horrible time resisting the urge to look something up on Bible.org, because I LOVE the meanings of words… so allow me that. And I might sometimes read a few articles… and I also love looking things up in different versions… (okay, I realize it’s a complete mess at this point) but overall, just the Word. Because for me, that matters most – see here for more on that. And if you have insight, I’d love for you to share it here, as long as it is highly referenced, or at the very least, an interpretation that is relevant to your own life at the moment.
So here goes…
Genesis… 1.1 “In the beginning God”
I’m sorry. I can’t go farther than that today. I know… this maybe a serious let down. But listen… look at that phrase… “In the beginning God” and it goes on to say “created the heavens and the earth.”
Before you and I were married, He existed.
Before you and I existed, He did.
That phrase is like a multi-car pile-up on the freeway at rush hour. “In the beginning God” means it all starts with Him.
Will you chew on that for a moment with me?
I’m talking deep breath, jaw-dropping, oh my everlovin’ word, have a revelation already kind of moment with me?
Seriously, if that phrase alone doesn’t cause your knees to get weak or your pulse to race, you SERIOUSLY need to ask Him to clarify Himself with you.
And that’s today’s dare…won’t you pray with me?
Help me have a righteous understanding of Who You are. I know that this one thing alone will deeply impact my marriage, because I will know that to follow You is the right thing. I confess, I am seriously blinded by this world. Help me see You and Your Truth…Thank you for Your Word. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
And if you just have to have something tangible today, go back and re-read the secret I shared (it’s okay if you hate the title) last week – been getting TONS of email about how implementing this one thing is making a heap of difference for wives everywhere! 🙂
Seriously, though, how does this one thing impact your marriage? Double dog dare you to share today!
I can see now that I might have to blog every day.
Or maybe not. Maybe we’ll just see where He goes with this.
At any rate, I better call Leah, just in case.
Love to you,