One of the best ways to bless your marriage is to regularly stay in God’s Word. As the Psalmist wrote, “Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Ps. 119:105 We can choose to muddle through life on our own, doing things our own way, or we can light our path and make straight our way, by relying on God’s instruction book, the Bible.
The Bible is rich with life instructions like Proverbs 3:3-8:
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Here are four key ways to keep God’s Word alive in your marriage:
- Have a daily individual time you spend in God’s Word and in prayer. It is wonderful to get up early, grab your Bible and a cup of coffee, and find a quiet place to get alone with God. Don’t despair if your day doesn’t get this peaceful start. You can still find time to spend with God somewhere in your day. You can sneak away during your lunch hour, or you can even play an audio Bible app while you are getting ready in the morning or during your daily commute.
- Build spiritual intimacy with your spouse by coming together for a time of deep prayer and reading the Bible together. Discuss how you can be specifically praying for each other. Read some verses of the Bible together and then discuss how they speak to you. Be careful not to act all pious or make your sharing a spiritual competition. This reading and sharing together should be with the intent to build spiritual intimacy and to listen to God’s leading in your marriage.
- Choose a Bible verse that illuminates a quality or trait that you want to work on in your life. It might be something like, “…be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” James 1:19. Write down the verse and place it somewhere where you can review it daily. Plant it in your heart. Challenge your spouse to do the same.
- When you have a big decision to make, be sure to seek God’s best by consulting his Word for direction as well as coming together with your spouse in prayer. If you have opposing views as a couple, pray for God to give you a oneness of heart before moving forward. God’s Word is full of promises. Trust Him with all your heart and He will make your paths straight and light your way.