Why God created marriage

“Why Did God Create Marriage?”

Scripture places tremendous emphasis on the sanctity of marriage. To understand why God treasures marriage, we need to only look at why God created marriage. God gives us four reasons for this creation right up front, in the book of Genesis: 

1. He declares: 
“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” God charges man with procreation and the best way to fulfill His plan was through marriage. 

2. God says: 
“And subdue it and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” In other words, man is to be in partnership with his wife in managing the earth and caring for the environment. 

3. God said: 
‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.’” Humankind’s deep need for companionship is key reason God established marriage. 

4. But that’s not all: 
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” God wants the husband and wife relationship to be priority over all others on earth, with commitment for life, and to enjoy the gift of sex.

God is clear – from the very beginning – that marriage is the first and most important institution of man. Let us treat it as a sacred treasure.

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.  And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.  And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.  And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

Genesis 2:18‭-‬21 KJV



The magic of Christmas

“Standing-On-Your-Tiptoes Anticipation” 

Before we were married, Julie and I knew we wanted kids. After three years of marriage, we were ready. But for the next three years, we could not get pregnant. Every month, for 36 months, we were reminded of our struggle with infertility. 

Then one day, we found out Julie was pregnant! Since we had waited three years for this, you might assume that only having to wait nine more months would’ve been easy. Wrong! It seemed like forever. We could not wait to meet this little girl we’d dreamed about! 

Have you ever felt this type of anticipation? You were on the edge of your seat. You couldn’t sit still. It’s all you could talk about. The prophet Isaiah caused people to experience this kind of expectancy. He talked about a Savior who would come one day. He called him “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Everlasting Father,” “Prince of Peace.” And he said, “Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end” (Isaiah 9:7).

Talk about good news foServicesne. Talk about standing-on-your-tiptoes anticipation! This is what the Advent season is supposed to feel like. We’re celebrating the birth of the person who can do for us what no one else can: bring us from darkness to light, from death to life. 

The days leading up to Christmas are supposed to be filled with standing-on-your-tiptoes anticipation. Maybe you are anticipating something good this Christmas—that gift you really want, the get-together with friends or family, or that special Christmas tradition. Or maybe you are anticipating something less-than-good: a packed calendar, a painful memory of a lost relationship, or that awkward family member. 

What if this Christmas were different? What if you could spend this Advent season anticipating something that would leave you feeling happy, satisfied, fulfilled, and loved? You can. 

Let’s turn our anticipation to Jesus—our rescuer, our hope, our Savior, our physician, our eternal salvation, God with us. Jesus was born! For you! For me! Let’s stand on our tiptoes and anticipate Jesus together. Here are two simple ways: 

1. Every day, simply think of the name Jesus, and let your thoughts wander from there. 
2. Join us as our staff leads us through this devotional: The Magic of Christmas. 

I can’t wait. I hope you’re standing on your tiptoes too! 

Casey Ross 
Ministry Services

Scripture Reference:

Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.  The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.  Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.  For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.  For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah 9:1‭-‬7 KJV


Healing meditation

Released Healing of Wounds

We can give over to the Lord all of our wounds, disease, and brokenness. Only He can release life and healing that will make our lives whole again. Ask Him now to release His powerful healing in the areas of physical disability, digestive disorders, circulation, nerve and arthritis issues.


Listen to prayer

Find peace, purpose and strength with Jesus in prayer.

Watch “Ecclesiastes | Bible Audio Guide – Day 04, Ecclesiastes 3” 

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;  A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.  What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?  I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.  He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.  I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.  And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.  I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.  That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.  And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.  I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.  I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.  For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.  All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.  Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?  Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

Ecclesiastes 3:1‭-‬22 KJV

Healing Meditation

Released Healing and Hope

Jesus came to take away every disease and sickness, even the ones we cannot name. Ask him now to move among His people so that we would be healed and walk on in a full restoration.


Listen to prayer

Find peace, purpose and strength with Jesus in prayer. 

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53:4‭-‬5 KJV


Watch “Ecclesiastes | Bible Audio Guide – Day 02, Ecclesiastes 1” 

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.  Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.  What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?  One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.  The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.  The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.  All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.  All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.  The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.  Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.  There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.  I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.  And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.  I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.  That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.  I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.  And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.  For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

Ecclesiastes 1:1‭-‬18 KJV