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Strengthen the Foundation

Psalms 11:3 poses the crucial question, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” The most critical part of any structure, tangible or intangible is the foundation. Elaborate architecture and ornate fixtures mean little if a building cannot withstand the external pressures it encounters. People may marvel at the beauty of the arches and the intricacies of design, but without a solid foundation, its majesty is capricious and certainly temporary.

The same is true in a marriage. We can posture as if all is well by presenting a front of marital bliss. We can socialize and engage in a perfectly normal way, carefully concealing unknown issues. However, if the foundation is faulty in our marriage, when the party is over and we are alone with our spouse, the cracks begin to appear.

The foundation of our marriage must be the Word of God. The Bible is replete with admonition for successful relationships, particularly marriage. A godly marriage is the only entity that is designed to reflect and depict the relationship between Christ and the church. This is one reason why divorce is so devastating. What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.

If we are to be representative of Christ and His bride, we need to constantly monitor the integrity of our foundation. How are we treating our spouse? Are my needs or her needs more important? Am I fulfilling my role as a husband or wife? Questions like these need to honestly assessed often to ensure that our foundation and, thus our marriage is on solid ground.

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