(Eccle. 9:9 KJV) says “Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labor which thou takest under the sun.
The Lord allowed King Solomon one the wisest kings to ever live to speak on many of the things concerning life, and his thought on marriage was very interesting. He essentially tells us that in order to have a good marriage, where it may be possible to live joyfully with the wife of thy youth all the days of thy life, you must be willing to work at it. The last phrase of this verse is really the crux of the matter “thy labor which thou takest under sun.” The truth is that a good marriage is available to anyone but you must put in the labor. You must work at it. A good marriage doesn’t only apply to believers but it also applies to unbelievers. In fact, many believers don’t put in the physical effort to experience a good marriage because too often they expect God to make it good for them without any real work on their part.
However, whether Christian or not, we (meaning both husband and wife) have to put in the time, energy and effort if we expect to have a good marriage. The benefit of having God in the midst of our marriage as we work at it is that it brings in a spiritual component where the marriage can become exceedingly; abundantly above all we could ask or think. Thus, because God is the author and originator of marriage He can take us places in our marriage where goodness and mercy follows the union all the days of our lives. He can take us from a good marriage to a God marriage but if there aren’t two in the marriage working as one you get out of the marriage what you put in, and nothing from nothing leaves nothing, and I don’t care how saved you are.
God Bless You
Pastor Versal Mason