Daily Devotionals

A Stubborn Heart: Monday

Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together." Matthew 19:6a

When asked to define marriage, many would say that marriage is a commitment between two people to walk through life together. While that definition of marriage is true, it is not a complete definition of marriage. You see, the Bible teaches that marriage is not just a commitment between two people; it is a commitment that two people make before God to work through life together and point others to Him. Because marriage is a commitment that a man and woman make before God, it must be taken seriously. After all, God takes marriage seriously.

Scripture teaches us just how seriously God takes marriage. In Matthew 19, a group of religious leaders went up to Jesus and asked if a man should "be allowed to divorce his wife for just any reason" (verse 3). Jesus responded by saying, "Haven't you read the Scriptures?" (verse 4). He then quoted Genesis 2:24, explaining that a husband and his wife become one when they make their marriage vows (verses 4-5). Next, He added, "Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together" (verse 19:6). In other words, marriage is a commitment that God the Father takes seriously. Because God takes marriage seriously, those of us who are married make investing in our marriages and seeking to strengthen our marriages a priority. We have to make daily decisions about how to make our marriages stronger and healthier than ever.

When you think about marriage, do you treat it as a serious commitment before God that you have made and made every day to your spouse? Even more, do you treat marriage as a commitment you get to invest in and strengthen rather than a commitment you have to invest in? My friends, when we start viewing our marriages as commitments before God that we get to make and invest in them, the entire trajectory of our marriages will change, and God will be honored through our marriage.

Moving Toward Action

Take some time today to write out Matthew 19:6 on a notecard. As you write out the words of this verse, reflect on the truth that God takes marriage very seriously and that marriage is a commitment before Him. On the back of the notecard, write out a prayer for your marriage, if you are married, and the marriages of your friends and family members. Pray for God to strengthen your marriage and to help you as you seek to honor the commitment you made before Him. Pray that He would strengthen the marriages of your friends and family members as well.

Going Deeper

Matthew 19:1-12

1When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went down to the region of Judea east of the Jordan River. Large crowds followed him there, and he healed their sick.

Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for just any reason?”

“Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’” And he said, “‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”

“Then why did Moses say in the law that a man could give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away?” they asked.

Jesus replied, “Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended. And I tell you this, whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery—unless his wife has been unfaithful.”

10 Jesus’ disciples then said to him, “If this is the case, it is better not to marry!”

11 “Not everyone can accept this statement,” Jesus said. “Only those whom God helps. 12 Some are born as eunuchs, some have been made eunuchs by others, and some choose not to marry for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.”