You know what a two-for is, donâ€™t you? You buy one, get one for free. When you marry your sweetheart, you actually get more than just one free. You get an entire additional family. What a bargain!
â€œMarry the man, marry the family.â€
But the marriage math doesnâ€™t end there. â€œAnd the two shall become one flesh. Since they are no longer two, but oneâ€ (Mark 10:8 NIV). Do the Math Awareness people have that one figured out? I doubt it.
God planned this unique mathematical equation: 1+1=1. If it sounds impossible, itâ€™s not. But itâ€™s not simple, either.
God knew it wouldnâ€™t be easy for us to set aside our â€œme firstâ€ human nature and put things in biblical order. God expects to be first, and wants our spouse to be next in priority. Romans 12 reminds us, â€œin honor give preference to one another.â€ That puts me in spot number three in my life, running contrary to my selfish nature. But if I prefer my husband and he prefers me, we are each well cared for and the relationship is in order as together we submit to God. But if I get just one item out of orderâ€”my job, or friends, even my kidâ€”the math equation begins to come apart.
The good news is that God is there when we forget how to add it up. And since He created marriage, He has provided the manual on how to care for it and how to repair it when needed.
So go to the author of the instruction manual on marriage. The one who believed it possible, if not easy, to create one from two. â€œSince they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined togetherâ€ (Matthew 19:6). Although this sounds like a warning against outside influences, itâ€™s also a reminder to couples that even we do not have Godâ€™s approval to blow up our marriages when things get tough.
Cleffairy: Marriage. Crazy math. Questions? Go to the great mathematician. Heâ€™s got it solved.