Marriage isn’t the cure. Sometimes we single folks like to think it is. That’s why we rush to it. That’s why we get obsessed over it. That’s why we have high expectations… and then insult our marriages when we aren’t satisfied.
Marriage isn’t going to cure you of anxiety and worries. It isn’t going to cure you of your sexual addictions. It isn’t going to cure you of depression. It won’t cure you indefinitely of your financial burdens.
There is only one cure:
When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those troubled by evil spirits were healed. Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.
Different people with different issues came from all over to be healed, and Jesus willingly healed everyone. In Matthew 15 we read that Jesus not only healed a large group of people, but He even fed them to keep them from fainting later in their journeys.
How many times in the Bible do we read about Jesus curing someone? Now, how many times in the Bible do we read about marriage curing someone?
The only marriage that truly cures is becoming the bride of Christ. Marriage is sure to bring you joy and some emotional gratification– it may even drive you to be a better human being– but it’s not the cure for emptiness, loneliness, finances, or addictions. You can still feel lonely in marriage. You can still feel anxiety in marriage. You can still be financially bankrupt in marriage. You can still have a pornography addiction in marriage.
Rushing to the alter won’t cure you. But rushing to Christ will.
Verses to Meditate On:
2 Cor 11:2
For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ.
And when I passed by again, I saw that you were old enough for love. So I wrapped my cloak around you to cover your nakedness and declared my marriage vows. I made a covenant with you, say the sovereign Lord, and you became mine.
News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed—he healed them all.