Genesis 12-17. Commitment Over the Long Haul
Twelve years later, Abram still had no progeny. When God spoke to him, Abram asked if God intended to give all of Abram’s blessings to someone else. God assured Abram that the number of his heirs would exceed the visible stars in the night sky. Genesis 15:6 records that Abram believed God, who credited Abram’s faith as righteousness before Him.
It would be another thirteen years before Abram and Sarai had Isaac, but Abram put his faith and trust in God. He knew that God would carry through on His promises. How does this relate to marriage?
What weakness, flaw, or irritating trait does your spouse have that simply drives you to despair? Abram’s time of greatest trial came in the tension between the blessings and land he wanted and the fact that his wife was barren. When he tried to take matters into his own hands, it ended disastrously (a disaster, this writer might add, that continues to this day--not only in the Middle East, but across the world). Despite that, Abram did not give up on Sarai. He loved and cherished Her, knowing that it was through her that God would pour out the blessings that He had promised to Abram.
Abram waited 25 years for God to deliver on His promise. Who knows how long he and Sarai had been married before then?
Men, your wife is precious. She has been painstakingly handcrafted by the Almighty to be the very best blessing which He could conceive of for you. Your wife is also the conduit through whom God will continue to deliver bountiful blessings.
Does your wife cause you to despair? Don’t give up on her. Abram waited until he was a century old before realizing the promises God had in store for him through his wife. Treat your wife with respect, with kindness, and with a tender love that wants and works towards what is best—physically, emotionally, and spiritually—for her.
Make sure that your wife knows how vitally important she is to you. Make sure she knows that you will never give up on her, even if she doesn’t change until she’s 100 years old. Make sure she knows that you are 100% committed to your marriage.