Sep 09, 2018 | Andy Voelker
As for Me and My House: The Bed Room 2
Keeping a marriage together is hard work. Making it thrive is even harder. Thankfully, God has filled His Word with principles that breathe life into our unions. Let's look at a few of God’s principles for marriage in Genesis 2:24-25, “24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.” These two short verses contain four essential principles that hold a marriage together. Every healthy marriage I've observed has all four, and every struggling couple I've worked with has had at least one missing or distorted.
Joshua certainly understood the importance of family. As he came to the end of his life, he called the leaders of Israel together for one final message. Knowing that he is only one step from death, he sounds a call to renewal that begins with a recital of God’s blessings in the past (Joshua 24:1-13). Then he challenges the people to be faithful to God (24:14-27). In the middle of his message we find those stirring words that have been quoted and memorized for over 3000 years, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (24:15). In those words, and in the verses leading up to them, we are also challenged, and we must take up this challenge if we want our families to serve the Lord with us.