Today's devotion for today is based on Genesis 2:18, "The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."
God created Eve. Eve shared Adam's humanity. Adam now had someone "suitable" for him. He had someone similar to him and equal to him, but uniquely different. He had someone to share in his joys and help carry his sorrows; someone to grow old with; someone to talk to. Not only did Eve provide Adam with companionship and vice-versa, but they also formed a compatible, harmonious team. Jesus said, "God created them male and female" (Mark 10:6). God very consciously and carefully created two distinct genders to team up together and complement each other.
In a marriage, what one spouse lacks physically, emotionally, or psychologically the other can provide. Where one might be weak, the other can be strong. Husbands and wives are teammates and partners, but that doesn't mean they will always have the same jobs, opinions, or ideas. Instead, they bring into the relationship different strengths, different abilities, and different backgrounds. They are better together than they are apart.
Husbands and wives, take a moment to consider how unique and even how different your spouse may be from you. Rejoice in those differences. Thank God for the complementary companion he has given you.
Please pray with me: Gracious Lord, you have showered your people with good gifts since the beginning of the world. Thank you for the uniqueness of my spouse. Please help me to shower them with kindness and affection. Amen.