"So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." Matthew 19:6 (NKJV)
Before we leave Christ's treatise on marriage and move on to what the rest of God's Word has to say, we need to see one final truth that He imparts here. He tells us that in the context of a marriage relationship, a husband and wife "are no longer two but one flesh."
Now notice the logical conclusion to this, "Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate." We have two people who have entered into a union, a bond, where they actually become one. And in light of this, God decrees that they should never be divided.
Catch how He says "let not man separate." Why single out "man" here? Because it's only going to be through human influence, independent of God's will, that this bond would ever be broken.
God so values and esteems the marriage bond that He will never arbitrarily seek to break it. His heart for marriage is for it to be as permanent as anything in this life. He wants marriage to prevail over the forces in this world that would seek to pull it apart. And when a husband and wife make the decision to honor the institution of marriage the same way He does, it will be permanent and it will prevail.
This doesn't downplay the fact that we live in a world that falls short of this ideal, a world where there's death and even divorce. But it does draw our attention to the understanding that God's ideal will for marriage is for it to be a lasting union that not only stands the test of time, but actually grows stronger and deeper over the years. And because that's His heart for marriage, it ought to be our heart, as well.
Think about it…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 (NKJV)
Consistency breeds security. If you're an employer, you take comfort in knowing that you have consistent employees working for you. If your car needs to be fixed, you're going to take it to a mechanic who has consistently performed well. And if you're a coach, you'll probably draw up a play at the end of a tight game that puts the ball in the hands of your best and most consistent player.