Today we will spend some time learning about the importance of being connected to other strong marriages. An example is given of the majestic sequoia trees. They are some of the strongest and tallest, and hold a secret that other trees would do well to learn from. 😊 You see, the sequoias’ roots seek out other sequoia trees and interlock their roots with them. The strength this provides gives these trees the power to endure some of nature’s most devastating forces. Lightning, forest fires, and strong winds are no match for these powerful trees. You have it said that there is strength in numbers. This principle can be applied to marriages. When we are tempted to face problems and struggles alone, we are setting ourselves up for potential failure. Too many marriages end up in divorce. Why add yours to that number? Listen to what God has to say in His word…
Proverbs 12:15 “Fools are headstrong and do what they like; wise people take advice.”
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all.”
There are a few ways to keep your marriage accountable before God. One is through Godly counsel. Find a respected pastor, Christian counselor, or marriage ministry. Another is through another Christian couple, one who is older and who can offer wisdom that they have learned through the years. The Bible in the book of Titus speaks of mentoring to younger men and women. This can mean younger in age or younger in their walk with Christ.
Titus 2:1-8 “You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”
CHALLENGE: Find a marriage mentor. Seek someone who is strong in their faith and who will be honest and loving with you.