Marriage- A close and intimate union. and Union defined; The state of making/ becoming one single unit, being joined, linked or united.
Isaiah 4:1- And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.
Has this scripture struck anything in your heart dear friend?
With a heavy heart I came to the discovery of the fact that marriage is not only about the union between a man and a woman alone.
It can be a union between a man and anything. Anything I repeat!
And this brings me to the point where without choiceIi have to ask you this morning even my married friends; what are you married to?
A. "And in that day, seven women shall take hold of one man"
What a ratio! I guess you are laughing out there, 7 things to 1 man, mathematicians I mean 7:1!
This is serious tho'. "And in that day... "; there is an appointed time for this to happen and the time is now. Now is the time you are getting married to that business, career, relationship, call and purpose, but this 7:1 thing should be confusing over there I guess?
Do not let your confusion give you directions.
All they are interested in is how they will take hold of you taking you away from your God given spouse- call, purpose, business, career, ministry etc..
I want you to always remember that not all that glitters is gold,
be careful of what you are attracted to!
Not all that comes your way is yours; some come to stress you an not to bless you.
Friends be careful what you are attracted to!
B. ".. saying, we will eat our bread, and wear our own our apparel"
Whatever doesn't stretch you cannot fetch you neither can it bless you.
You are to provide for what you married to, they are not to eat their own bread nor wear their own apparel.
Be careful of careers, relationships, purpose, business etc that don't grow you!
Unions are for fruits, but these ones are not interested in having fruits with you nor for you. They have their own bread and apparel to use; they are fulfilled! They are just there to waste your time and make you lose vision of the real thing.
C. " only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach."
Lastly, they give you a task no man can do. To take away reproach- only God can do this!
Is what you are married to threatening your peace? Do you feel used?
They have food to eat and clothing to use, they have the basic needs of life and at the same time have a reproach and that's the reason they came to you at that ratio 7:1.
Be on the look for relationships, businesses, carers and callings that gives you task you cannot fulfill!
I am not saying you won't face challenges nor grow but these ones want you to take their reproaches away! Your best will not be enough. Even the grace upon you will not be effective- all they do to you is make you feel empty!
When that business, ministry, career, job and relationship is demanding more than your God given abilities, I mean your best, then its not yours to marry. They not your spouse!
They tried fiddling with your mind, " only let us be called by thy name..." They know you might just overlook that and say its just my name nothing more!
No wonder the scriptures said "wisdom is the principal thing".
I want you to be aware that every name has its fame/ shame its how you use the name that matters.
What you get married to either bring out the fame/ shame.
Remember whatever/ whoever you marry represents you!
I will leave you with this; "when a man marries the wrong woman, the devil leaves him alone because he's already finished." Look before you leap, watch what you are married to.