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Marriage and Satisfaction

Discovering God's WillSinclair B. Ferguson:

We [should not] make the mistake of thinking that marriage will provide the ultimate satisfaction for which we all hunger. To assume so would be to be guilty of blasphemy. Only God satisfies the hungry heart. Marriage is but one of the channels He uses to enable us to taste how deeply satisfying His thirst-quenching grace can be. (Discovering God’s Will)

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  1. So true. Marriage (like parenting children and the closeness between best friends and creeping coming of old age) is meant to point us to Christ. In the deepness of its promise of satisfaction we taste the sweetness of the ineffable Lover. And in its failure to fulfill us, we are drawn again (hopefully) to the only place of satisfaction. I suppose the romance of Christ and the Church is the original lovestory and the only one with a wholly happy ending, isn’t it?


  2. great words


  3. Yep – if we are not careful we actually can turn our spouse into a sort of idol, depending on him or her for what we should and can only look to God for, such as contentment, love, acceptance, security, and happiness. If we do that, we actually give them the power to make us miserable because they will inevitably disappoint and fail us at times. See Norm Wakefield’s book on this entitled, “Equipped to Love: Building Idolatry-Free Relationships.” http://imallbooked.com/2012/10/19/learning-to-love-gods-way/.


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