Together in Christ: 'A Gift from God!' — Proverbs 19:14

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth, but only the Lord can give an understanding wife.
— Proverbs 19:14 NLT

Key Thought

Imagine how blessed the lives of a married couple would be if, every day of their marriage, they treated each other as a precious gift from God! That's the implication of this passage. A godly husband, an understanding wife, and a close relationship are packaged in the gift sent by God to us in the form of another person in marriage. God's intention from the beginning was to bless, fulfill, and sexually satisfy both the husband and wife in marriage. [1] When a husband and wife recognize that God created each of them in their mothers' wombs, carefully planning their futures and designing their bodies, they can truly appreciate the gift of the other in their marriage. [2] If we are married, let's ask God to help us approach each day, as well as the person with whom we share it, as gifts sent to us from heaven. How we treat that person and enjoy our lives together is our gift back to God! If we are unmarried, let's find a couple or two to pray they can learn this kind of appreciation for each other so they can discover God's gift to them in marriage.

[1] Genesis 2:21-25; Song of Solomon.
[2] Psalm 139:13-16.

Today's Prayer

Almighty God, help me to approach each day as a gift created by You to bless me and empower me to bless others. Holy Spirit, help me to approach people — especially the people in my family — as the Father's special treasures entrusted to my care. May whatever I do, say, think to be my response of thanks to You, God, for all of Your magnificent and generous gifts. In Jesus' name, I ask for Your grace and give thanks for Your gifts! Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Genesis 1:26-27, 2:21-25
  • Psalm 139:13-16


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Illustration of Proverbs 19:14 NLT — Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth, but only the Lord can give an understanding wife.

About This Devotional

Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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