My wife and I have been married over 40 years. Married when we were 18, we have gone through a lot of storms, and a lot of great times. There was a time, 20 years ago, that we were separated and almost split up for good. Why? I had violated my covenant with the wife of my youth!
“…the Lord was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth.” (Malachi 2:14-15 ESV)
“Wife by covenant…” Covenant Wife.
Covenant. A bond stronger than any contract or civil union. It signifies the complete giving and yielding of everything in a person’s life to someone who does the same with them.
Covenant. The most vulnerable, yet strongest place one can be. My greatest fears can be completely overcome with the love of my covenant partner, my wife.
Covenant. Not a trial run; not a convenience. Joined forever.
Covenant. She trusted me with her innocence, I gave her my rib. We are one with each other.
Covenant. Even before we knew God, He knew us and allowed us to find each other, and then find Him. The three-fold cord that cannot be broken – God, my wife, myself. In covenant.
Covenant? Always happy? No. Always easy? No. Always understood? No!
Covenant. An eternal trust, an eternal commitment. The basis, the foundation, for everything good and godly. The open door welcoming and allowing God to work in jars of clay.
Covenant. As sure as the sun will rise in the morning, so certain is the strength of our covenant.
Marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman. A man and woman who give everything they are, were, or ever will be to the other. Until they melt into one.
Covenant. I am grateful, eternally grateful, for the wife of my youth, middle age, and…
Though we both grow old and don’t look like we did those many years ago, that will not affect our covenant.
Our covenant is forever.