Day 5: Hope for Your Marriage
God Delegated His Authority
In the previous three sections, we discussed God’s authority and what He did with His authority. Today we will examine how, being created in His image, our God shared some of His authority with us. This is significant. Typically, if someone gives you power, they are giving you power to do something. Before we can have our happily ever after, we must first continue to unfold the reason God created us in the first place – for eternal purposes.
Heavenly Father our God, gracious God most high, thank you for the gift of today. I am not sure how the lessons thus far have been received oh, Lord. I am asking that you will take over the hearts and minds of our readers. Have them not take these words personally. Most importantly, let them not take these words lightly or hold them idly God. Change them in such a way that each is racing to open their Bible to see what news you have for the benefit of their eternity that rests securely in you. Let them understand that the fruit of a deeper relationship with you manifests itself as a stronger marriage that is equipped to rear children, who rear children who will serve the Lord. Praise you oh Lord for this prayer. May it come from my heart. May it be genuine and true. May it be according to your will. Dear Lord, please answer my call. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Ephesians 2:10 reads, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Please bind this to your hand as we work through the idea that God passed along some of his authority to us. This verse is necessary to remind us that all things point to something much bigger than ourselves … Christ. As we examine God’s delegated authority within our marriages and the order that abiding in our role brings, please be clear, our roles are not meant to limit us (Did you hear that wives?). Nor are our roles intended to give our spouse supreme power or dominion over us. In keeping with the aforementioned verse, the delegated authority within our marriages is necessary for good works. I can guarantee that if you and your spouse filter your authoritative roles within your marriage through this verse, the fruit of your good works will produce two individuals so united that you will have a trail of people wanting to know your secret. The good news is that it is no secret at all. This is the life we are all called to live. Today we will examine Genesis 1:28 to obtain a better understanding of the authority God delegated to husbands and wives.
For the most part, I spent much of my early years fantasizing about the day I would become a bride. Most of the images in my fantasies were influenced by outside things such as fictional books and scenes depicted on television and in movies. Needless to say, I grew up searching for someone who could make me happy. As for my husband, he did not grow up with this same fairytale fantasy of “love.” From a very early age he often found himself in real-life compromising situations. He has no recollection of whether his actions were prompted by instincts or produced from witnessing impure things within his environment. There began is quest to find a woman who could meet his physical needs. “Love” was nowhere on his radar. In all fairness to my husband, I too found myself in compromising situations. However, I was hoping that one of my conquests would end in “love.” Unguided and naïve, I know. The point is my actions were not committed without thought. As for my husband, no thought at all was put into the future results of his choices. Even still, his choices too were unguided and naïve.
Naturally when we married I thought I had found my prince charming and prince charming thought that he was going to get lucky every night. At that point we were no longer unguided but misguided with our thoughts and beliefs and yes still naïve. We were working our hearts out to gain wisdom. Now we find ourselves here. Working out our salvations within our marriage as the Spirit allows and eager to share with you so that you can have marriages that last.
Genesis 1:28 reads, “And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
God delegated his authority to Adam and Eve. It was God’s very intention that Adam and Eve would have supreme authority over the Earth. They were to populate the Earth with children who would serve as his vice agents. In addition, the couple was expected to develop the earth’s resources and keep order among them by ruling over all the Earth’s inhabitants, especially the living creatures that move along the ground (namely snakes!!!). As the offspring of Adam and Eve, we have inherited God’s authority over the Earth. Our job is to exercise this power in a manner that points all things to him.
“For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen” (Romans 11:36).
The significance of this verse is that here we see clearly our call as a married couple. Now let us examine this verse so that we all walk away with the understanding typed above. Please commit to looking at your marriage this week and ask yourself the questions below. Search your hearts and tear down the walls built with worldly cornerstones and rebuild your marriage on the one true cornerstone, Christ.
- Is the foundation of your union built on godly principles?
- What is your idea of a perfect spouse?
- Why do you believe the institution of marriage was created? Are your beliefs from God’s word? If so, can you reference the scriptures from which your ideas are based?
- What was your definition of marriage before today’s lesson? What is your definition now?
- Why did God delegate his authority to us?
- How are we to use our authority?
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Our hope is that this study is working to enlighten and enrich your life and marriage. May you, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones” (Proverbs 3:5-8). Most importantly it can bring healing to your marriage!