The war epic Saving Private Ryan opens with one of the most riveting battle scenes in film history. It depicts in graphic detail the D-Day invasion of Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. It’s a vivid depiction of heroic bravery and sacrifice.
I also think it depicts the spiritual battle that’s waging over your marriage and mine. Satan despises marriage, and he hopes to destroy each one he can. Trace human history back to the Garden, and you’ll see that Satan made his move against humanity after God brought Adam and Eve together in a union designed to reflect the relationship between Christ and His church and the intimacy shared between the Trinity.
How often do you think about your marriage in those terms? Perhaps one reason we don’t feel like our marriage hangs in the balance is because we so rarely think of marriage in the sacred biblical terms that would warrant it being fought over in the first place.
Daily life has a way of blinding us to enemy forces gathering against us. We don’t see ourselves trudging our way up the beach and dodging enemy fire. Nor do we view the fight for our marriages as a holy cause. We too easily forget the value God ascribes to marital relationships.
If the divorce rate is any indication, we need to get back to a Kingdom perspective on marriage. How? By returning “to our first love” (Revelation 2:4) and seeing our relationship with our spouse the way God does.
The story of any nation is the story of its families. And the story of a family is typically found in the stability or instability of the marriage at the head of it. If we salvage our nation’s marriages, we potentially salvage our children, our grandchildren, and our great-grandchildren.
Dr. Tony Evans is with us on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Cultivating a Kingdom Marriage” to guide you to a greater vision for marriage and to offer practical biblical tips to get there.
Dr. Evans will help you understand how to withstand the enemy’s attacks on your marriage by restoring your relationship through humility and a willingness to serve. This was a great conversation, as our talks with Dr. Evans always are.
If you’re not familiar with him, Dr. Evans is the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas. His books have reached millions, including his newest book we’ll be discussing today, Kingdom Marriage: Connecting God’s Purpose with Your Pleasure, which is available through our ministry for a gift of any amount. Visit our website for more information or give us a call at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).