This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. ... The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. - Genesis 2
Dear God, marriage is your creation, your institution, your beautiful gift to humanity. And humanity has made a mess and a mockery of it ever since the fall. In my generation, it is treated as the creation of humans who can abide by it or ignore it on a whim. I am confessing the sins of our entire generation. We have lost our way in regard to this beautiful creation of yours. Help me to live in reverent thankfulness in regard to my own marriage and to give that solitary person nearest to me the satisfaction of a happy marriage. Give me the insight to meet the needs of my wife so that she enjoys marriage as you wanted her to.
Great human beings are not those who neglect marriage to conquer some worldly goal. They are the humble servants who strive to make God and family happy in God pleasing ways.
Additional Reading – 1 Peter 3:1-7, Ephesians 5:21-33