About the Book
Happy together: Daily insights for Families from Scripture, by Ann and Bryan Norford, takes the reader into all the passages in the Bible that deal with Family, Marriage and Relationship. It includes a foreword by Dr. James Packer, a full year’s devotions, plus Scripture and subject indexes. Devotions are divided into weekly sessions, but undated to start at any time.
WEEK THIRTY-FIVE: MONDAY
The Dangers of Delay
Read: Song of Solomon 5:2–6
I opened for my lover, but my lover had left; he was gone.
Song of Solomon 5:6.
The last reading may have given a rapturous look at the joys of the marriage union, but a study of the book also describes some of the challenges found in marriage. Today, there is the particular warning of boredom or apathy setting into the relationship.
The bride hears her beloved at the door calling to enter, but she has settled for the night: “I have taken off my robe—must I put it on again? I have washed my feet—must I soil them again?”
His call was inconvenient, not necessarily inappropriate or demanding. Her situation was not one of inability but of disinterest. Yet the desire for him was not lost, and as he tried the door, the old fervour reappeared.
But when she reconsidered her initial denial and dressed, he had left. The longings of yesterday had dissipated into indifference on her part and impatience on his. But the story goes on to record her change of heart, her search for him and their final love for each other.
The critical factor in any personal disruption is time. Perhaps this is why Paul exhorts us not to “let the sun go down while you are still angry,” Ephesians 4:26. The longer we put off reconciling, the more entrenched each position becomes and reconciling becomes harder.
Every time that occurs, it becomes easier not to reconcile at all. Love cannot bear the pain of separation; it is this pain we need to embrace and provoke us to make up before the day is done.
Prayer: Dear Lord, it is too easy for busyness to interfere with our intimacy. Help us take the time keep our love for you and each other fresh, especially in times of conflict.
About the Authors
Ann and Bryan Norford are authors of several books and published articles. They live in Lethbridge, Alberta, where they both write and involve themselves in a variety of ministries. In 2015, they will celebrate sixty years of marriage. They enjoy a growing family stretching to several great grandchildren.