Feb 28, 2013

It all started at a wedding…

Specifically, when we chose a passage of scripture for our wedding. Cathy and I were in the process of planning our wedding in 1981 and we wanted to have a scripture verse that would be the focus on our ceremony. After much consideration we choose Matthew 6:24-34 which says;

24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. 25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

I liked this passage because I saw it as a way for me to witness to our non-Christian friends who would be attending our wedding. This was my chance to let them know that THEY needed to seek Him. Little did I know that this passage would be a life-verse for both Cathy and I.

In fact, had I known it, I probably would have picked another passage of scripture that would be the hallmark of our lives. Something along the lines of; 

“Your life will have no problems... Come to Him and you will never have any struggles. You will never have to use faith. Simply ask God and He will give you whatever you want as soon as you ask. He is a super generous God who is at your service to meet every wish”

Unfortunately, that verse doesn’t exist. So, we set out into our marriage with our eyes blind to what was ahead of us, simply committing that we would seek Him first in all things.

We had to learn to stand on Matthew 6:24-34 right away during our first year of marriage. Shortly after our wedding, we got together with another couple from church to compare wedding photos. They had gotten married one week earlier than we did and weren’t able to attend our wedding because they were on their honeymoon. 

At some point during our evening the conversation transformed into a sales pitch for insurance. The husband had a person goal of selling one million dollars during his first year and we were in his crosshairs. When we explained that we already had enough insurance (with another agent from the same insurance company), he quickly stated that you can never have too much insurance because who knows what will happen.
When that attempt didn’t work to stop this salesman, I stated that if something came up, we would have to rely on God’s provision. His response still challenges me today. He said, in essence; “You can’t look to God to provide for you, that’s stupid!”

With that, we were done with the conversation. What alarmed us more was that no matter how much we defended our decision to “seek first His kingdom”, he was determined to undermine our faith and get us to “live in the real world” not some fantasy world of make believe.

We quickly ended our evening and asked them to leave as his wife, who had been friends with me since kindergarten, hid her face in embarrassment as they headed out the door. Little did I know that this was the beginning of learning to stand by faith and not by what others would say trying to undermine our faith.

"Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved."


No comments:

Post a Comment