The Newlywed Game

A few weeks ago, Mary and I made a guest judge appearance at the Burgoon flock “Men’s Dessert Challenge.” We had to sit and endure the sinfully delicious treats that the men slaved over earlier that day. The life of a Pastor is sooo tough. After we forced ourselves to finish one last bite, we were asked to play “The Newlywed Game.” This was a little intimidating knowing that we were surrounded by couples that have been married for a lot longer than we have, but we decided to play. If you know Mary and I well, you know that we are very competitive. We hate to lose. (God is still working on our hearts.) As we played the game, we did great. We only got five out of 22 questions wrong and came in second place to the Burgoons.

I feel like I know my wife, and I feel like she knows me. We work really hard to pay attention to each other’s wants and needs. We are very intentional when we seek out quality time with one another. If I ponder for a bit, however, I don’t really know my wife that well. I am only scratching the surface of who Mary really is and what she wants. I have to strive every day to grow my relationship with her. The thing is I fail, and I fail a lot.

What I find amazing is the truth we have in God. We serve a God that knows us intimately. We serve a God that formed us into His image. He knows our every need, want, and desire (Ps. 94:11). Look at Luke 12:6-7, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” How crazy is that? We serve a God that knows the number of hairs on our head. We are valued. God knows us because we are valuable to Him. I try to get to know my wife because she is valuable to me.

Here is my challenge. God knows you so well. How well do you know Him? How much time do you spend with Him?

The thing about relationships is there are always two sides. Scripture clearly shows us that God is working on our relationship, but do you? I don’t know about you but it is easy for me to take my spiritual temperature. When I am investing in my relationship with God, I serve people, I give more of my time to others, I encourage more, and I love my wife better. When I am not investing in my relationship with God, I am the total opposite. I have a bad attitude, I snap at people, I am selfish, and I don’t treat my wife like the daughter of God she is.

What is the spiritual temperature of your relationship with God? Take some time and play “The Newlywed Game” with God as your partner.