A Blessed Marriage

Day 1 of 3 • This day’s reading


“Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ 

And God granted his request.” 1 Chronicles 4:10

Ask For Your Blessing

A young boy went to the local shop on Main Street with his mom one day while doing errands. They knew the shop owner by name and he greeted both of them when they entered. His mom picked up the few items she needed and was ready to check out when the shop owner looked down at the young boy and then held out a jar of individually wrapped starbursts. “Grab you a handful,” the shop owner offered. The young boy looked at the jar of candy and then put his hands in his pockets.

Assuming he had a sudden bout of shyness, the shop owner reached in the jar himself and pulled out a handful, placing the candies into the mom’s bag. When they eventually got outside, the mom asked her son why he didn’t get the candies himself. The young boy smiled and promptly replied, “His hand is bigger than mine.”

God’s blessings come bigger than anything we could ever piece together ourselves. He knows the desires of our hearts and what will truly cause us to be happy. Trusting Him to bless us in our marriage means letting go of our own attempts at fixing, creating or manufacturing what we hope will become happiness. Rather, it requires us to rest in the knowledge like the young boy that God’s hands, and His heart, are bigger than our own.