One of my favorite quotes by Dr. John Piper is from his book “This Momentary Marriage” which is a gold mine! I would highly suggest this book to those of you who are getting engaged, or are engaged and getting married. Praise the Lord for this man’s wisdom and die hard devotion to Biblical principles for a godly marriage. I have recently let a couple of my friends who are engaged borrow my copy of “This Momentary Marriage”. All I can say is that this book gives you gospel clarity on what Jesus demands of two of His own making a covenant with one another. He has set up guidelines for marriage and placed them in the Bible. Piper has read and understood what Jesus demands for marriage. He has placed most of what he has learned in this less than 200 page book for Christians and non-Christians to see what marriage truly is. Marriage is quite different when you change your eyes from gazing at the world, and look down through the microscope that Piper has placed in front of our eyes. He helps us to see Gods divine purposes for His marriage. Here is a quote that I know will give you hope for your marriage, and inspiration for those of you who are waiting learning about what marriage is:
“Marriage is not mainly about prospering economically; it is mainly about displaying the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church. Knowing Christ is more important than making a living. Treasuring Christ is more important than bearing children. Being united to Christ by faith is a greater source of material success than perfect sex and double-income prosperity. So it is with marriage. It is a momentary gift. It may last a lifetime, or it may be snatched away on the honeymoon. Either way, it is short. It may have many bright days, or it may be covered with clouds. If we make secondary things primary, we will be embittered at the sorrows we must face. But if we set our face to make of marriage mainly what God designed it to be, no sorrows and no calamities can stand in our way. Every one of them will be, not an obstacle to success, but a way to succeed. The beauty of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church shines brightest when nothing but Christ can sustain it.”
Here is a link to a blog that will expound more on this quote and tells a story how this book has impacted a couple who found joy in trials.