Read Proverbs 2
Yesterday we established that the best position to be in to receive wisdom from the Lord is when we are in a place of reverent awe of him. If you haven't read Day 1 yet, click here to read before continuing on.
Today we are going to look at four words that are incredibly easy to skip over, especially if we've heard them before. Let's look with fresh eyes and an open heart today, knowing that the Lord has something fresh in store for us.
"Discretion will preserve you…” Proverbs 2:11
You and your marriage have a real enemy, and his name is Satan. He has been on a mission to destroy everything that God cares about since creation. The Word of God tells us that he roams around like a lion, seeking people and things to steal, kill, and destroy. This enemy hates us and our marriages because we are made in the image of God, and our marriages are to be a reflection of how much Jesus loves His church. Knowing this, it's no wonder that the enemy wants to bring as much anger, bitterness, confusion, and dissension as he can into our lives and into our marriages.
In light of this, Proverbs 2:11 gives us some insight on how we can turn the tables on the enemy.
The dictionary defines discretion as;
"the power or right to decide or act according to one's own judgment"
With this definition it's easy to read the verse and think that it’s telling us to use our own judgment; to not do certain things that may bring harm to us, thus preserving us. However, when we look at the word "discretion" in the original language, we find that it is better translated as "purpose". Additionally, when we look at "preserve" in the original language, it means "to keep, guard, or protect".
So what Proverbs 2:11 is communicating to us is something incredibly profound:
Purpose will protect you.
Do you know what the purpose of YOUR marriage is? Sure, we probably have a cursory understanding of what the purpose of marriage, in general, is on the surface, but have you ever asked the Lord what the purpose of YOUR marriage is? If not, don't worry, you're not alone by a long shot. The truth is that many couples have reduced their marriages to nothing more than cohabitation, but the Lord has something so much greater for you than "just getting by". Jesus has a purpose for your marriage; you might not feel it or see it, but He does.
How does purpose protect your marriage? Purpose gives your marriage a target to aim for. Purpose is your anchor during rough seasons. The enemy will do everything he can to discourage and distract you from your marriage’s purpose because he knows that when you and your spouse begin to live passionately on purpose, it will bring glory to God and point others to Jesus.
Defining the purpose of YOUR marriage doesn't just protect you by becoming an anchor in rough times, but it will also fill you with passion and excitement in your day-to-day living.
So let's apply this wisdom.
Together with your spouse, begin the process of asking the Lord what the purpose of YOUR marriage is in it’s current season. Discerning the purpose of your marriage is not an overnight process; it takes time. Have discussions with your spouse about it and ask trusted couples whom you respect about it. Take everything in, pray about it, and ask the Lord to make the purpose of your marriage crystal clear. Once you figure this out, keep it in front of your eyes and in your heart daily. Having this purpose will protect your marriage in ways that only time will tell.