Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that is your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 9:9, NKJV)
God provides humanity with the keys of a fulfilled life on earth, even as He explains that life “under the sun” is empty when we make physical pursuits the sum of life’s purpose. Fearing God and keeping His commandments is gives wholeness to life (Eccl. 12:13). When God saw it was not good that Adam was alone, He created woman and presented her to him as his wife – his lifelong companion who corresponded to him like none other. And so, marriage is given by God to provide joy and fulfillment during our days on earth. It is our portion in life, given by the Giver of life for us to enjoy. How sad that many marriages become the source of heartache and conflict. Make it your aim to honor God’s gift of marriage by honoring your husband or wife. God-approved marriage is a blessing, not a burden. Accept His blessing by showing joyful devotion to your spouse, thanksgiving to God and loving responsibility toward each other.