Some people view marriage like a hot bath — once you get used to it, it’s not so hot! To them, marriage is more of a sentence than a word. They have become disillusioned with the concept of a binding, life-long, monogamous relationship. They would rather just have “friends with benefits” or cohabitate without any real commitment. And who can blame them? We would be naïve to act as if there is no reason for people to be disillusioned with marriage. Nearly half of all marriages end in divorce, while others are residing on life-support or in counseling classes. Even those that seem okay are often void of any love or trust.
God did not intend for marriage to be a burden; He intended for it to be a blessing. He saw that it was “not good” for man to be alone, so He made a compatible companion for him. She was “a helper who is just right” (Genesis 2:18). In the Old Law, a newly married man was excused from service for one year “to be happy with his wife whom he has taken” (Deuteronomy 24:5). Solomon extolled the magnificence of marriage in his writings.
Proverbs 5:18-19 — “Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. She is a loving deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts satisfy you always.”
Proverbs 12:4 — “A worthy wife is a crown for her husband…”
Proverbs 18:22 — “The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord.”
Ecclesiastes 9:9 — “Live happily with woman you love…” (wife, esv)
It has been said, "Marriage is a great institution, but who wants to live in an institution?" Actually, marriage is an absolutely wonderful relationship when done right. It is like a small tree that over time grows deeper roots, stronger branches, and bears great-tasting fruit. It provides shade from the sun and fresh air for the weary soul.