Proverbs 18: King James Bible
A Good Thing – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eighteen, Verse 22
22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor of the Lord.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – A Good Thing
I know a host of people that would argue the verse above, because they’ve had marital issues that landed in divorce. Astonishingly, the divorce rate among Christians are at par with the secular numbers.
Just the fact, that the Word of God is telling us that whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the Lord, should bring people to the realization that there’s nothing wrong with the Word or with marriage. The problem is with us.
I wonder how many people would not have been divorced, if both parties did their utmost for the Father? Maintaining an honest self evaluation against the Word of God, can expose our own faults and sin like a raw nerve.
The Lord can work these faults out of us through his Spirit, prayer, his Word, and deciding to follow through living it all out. I seriously wonder what the divorce rate would be around the world, if everyone took this type of evaluation, both wives and husbands, instead of one party evaluating the other.
Most often, in an unequally yoked marriage, you’d get one spouse doing just that, while the other couldn’t care less. For the believer, that’s an incredibly difficult place to be. But that one who is doing the praying, the believing, the leaning on the Lord to make everything right, will in the end be blessed for it, despite the outcome.
There are plenty of legitimate reasons that the Word gives us that makes divorce acceptable. But he threw them in there due to our own hardness of hearts. That’s not the Father giving us a way out of marriage, but instead an indictment.
According to the verse above, if you’ve found a wife, you’ve found a good thing. It doesn’t say if you’ve found a girlfriend. It says wife. Almost nobody courts anyone Biblically these days, nor do the majority of people (including the majority of Christians), wait to have marriage before laying it all on the line.
We all make mistakes, and think we’re right about things and are proven mistaken or in sin through time. The Father is faithful to forgive, so I’m not throwing rocks at folks that have been divorced, or whatever the circumstances; right, wrong, or indifferent.
But you can’t expect the blessings of the Lord in anything at all, when you do not take heed of what it takes to get those blessings. That’s the whole point of having this Book of Life, which is the Word of God.
How many scriptures have we gone through during these devotionals, where the Father tells us to do this and that, then he will do this and that? We’ve gone through dozens between here and chapter one.
I believe that as it relates to finding a wife, and being granted favor of the Lord concerning this matter, the same rule applies. That doesn’t mean that people are otherwise cursed, who don’t go and find a wife by way of the Word of God, and the instruction thereof.
The Father established things a certain way for our own good, so that we may live, and live more abundantly. We think we know better and do things outside of the way he established things. Sometimes marriages work out just fine, seems like more often they don’t. This doesn’t mean that they are under a curse, but without the favor of God, eventually it may feel like they are.
Related New Testament Scripture
7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Thank you for your precious Word, and all of life’s instruction you’ve packed into it. Help us all Father, to do things the way that you’ve established and to live by your design, not our own. Your ways are better in the long run and in the short, and we recognize that we would have been spared so much trouble, if we had only heeded your Word much sooner. Soften our hearts toward our spouses, if not toward all of the brethren. Please remove our hearts of stone, and replace it with a heart of flesh, filled with your unconditional love, and your grace and mercy. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Do you know anyone who would argue the idea that finding a wife is a good thing?