Updated: Dec 17, 2020
"I will stand at my watch and station myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected. ." Habakkuk 2:1
Habakkuk's name holds the meaning of a prophet who loved his people and sought to draw them to himself to comfort them. He also was thought of as the prophet who wrestled with God. In any case he was a rampart (a defensive wall or barrier) for his city. He hated the way they had allowed sin to overtake them. The people of Judah worshiped idols, sacrificed their children and ignored God. But Habakkuk stood watch and prayed for the people, begging God to intervene.
I believe we should have a 'Marriage Watchtower' devoted to guard our marriage from evil. In Bible times, the watchmen in the watchtowers had two purposes; to guard against possible invasions and to watch for messengers. When we make our marriage a priority we will be better prepared to fend off any attacks that come against us.
We have to stand guard and be diligent about our time together in reinforcing special appointments to catch up with each other about our day, date night, or even just a movie night after the children have gone to bed. It doesn't matter if you have been married two years, ten years or fifty years, we have to be conscious of the special union we share with only one person on this earth.
I think it's a great idea to spend time each night with no t.v., no phone, no technology and just talk, even if it is just for ten minutes (I know some guys might feel that is a death sentence) so maybe have some easy topics to talk about like:
#1 If we could spend twenty-four hours doing anything in the world together, what would it be?
#2 What is one of your favorite childhood memories?
#3 What's your favorite vacation we have taken together?
Thoughts and memories are some of the best ways to rekindle a fire or keep the blaze going. So for starters maybe just talk about one question so no one gets overwhelmed and save the others for another time.
"Look at the nations and watch- and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told." (Hab. 1:5)
That was God's answer to Habakkuk. God's reply reminds us that His ways are not our ways. He is right there working it all out for our good and His glory. He is cheering us on and wanting us to have a successful marriage. When we read His Word we will realize, as Habakkuk did with his dealings with Judah, that God is willing and powerful enough to see us through to a happily ever after. Just be ready to do your part and stand guard.
I love you & He loves you more!
Lord, Protect our marriage. May we fight for what You have given us. Forgive us when we take it for granted. Show us where each of us need to work on our relationships to make our marriage stronger and ready to stand against the evil one. In Jesus' name. Amen.