“When the Lord saw that human wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every inclination of the human mind was nothing but evil all the time, the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and he was deeply grieved. Then the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I created, off the face of the earth, together with the animals, creatures that crawl, and birds of the sky—for I regret that I made them.” Noah, however, found favor with the Lord.” (Genesis 6:5–8, CSB)
The Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and he was deeply grieved … Noah, however, found favor with the Lord. One couple can make a huge difference! The problem is that, when everyone else is going with the flow of culture, the husband and wife that have chosen to follow God’s will and whim will not only look strange but they will also be ridiculed for their choices and activities.
This is the price of excellence, however. Ask any winning athlete, musician, or businessperson. Significance always comes at a price. For those who want to make a difference, there are dreams to follow, convictions to possess, choices to make, and unfortunately, people to leave behind.
For Noah and his wife, the choice was made long before God’s call to build the ark was established. Noah had decided what Daniel explained centuries later. He chose to turn from his iniquities and pay attention to God’s truth. These two acts bring about God’s favor. (See Daniel 9:13)
While the flood of humanity was bent on doing nothing but evil all the time, Noah and his wife chose a different path in life: Honoring God. That honor won the smile of the Almighty and, in doing so, brought life and a future to God’s creation.
Of course, there would be the long hours of hard work building a craft never before seen in a place no one could imagine water would come to. Being united in God’s heart brought peace in the midst of the chaos and crookedness of their culture. It will in ours as well.
When a couple has a magnificent marriage, one that pleases God and works together, they can change not only their home but also the future of humanity. Will you choose to be that couple?
Magnificent Marriage Mondays are helpful hints, clues, ideas, and solutions for the child of God who is looking for a spouse, in a relationship with someone, or are already married. Each post seeks to bring help, hope, and honesty to your life and make the rest of your life, the best of your life. They are written by Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, Executive Director of Eagles In Leadership, and come from his 38 years, 5 months and 2 days experience with his wife, Melodee, who was promoted to Heaven on November 11, 2017. He is currently seeking God’s will for his new life partner. He welcomes your comments below.