Marriage is one of the hardest, most challenging things anyone can do in many ways. I’m not talking about the fun part… standing at the altar all dressed up and then going to the reception and after to the beautiful honey moon. I’m talking about the commitment to spend the rest of you life with someone and give up your freedom and sacrifice your life for that person. In any marriage a person is sacrificing their life for the other person. And if a person is not willing to sacrifice their life one hundred percent, then they should not get married. That’s the price, period.

Now comparing the act of marriage to the act of sacrificing to God is very similar. When a person wants to show a person that they love them more than anyone or anything, they show that commitment through marriage. But in the same way, when a person wants to show God that they love Him more than anyone or anything and that they trust Him one hundred percent, then they sacrifice to Him. They are not afraid to give up what they consider most valuable or dearest. It’s like the scriptures say,

“If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.
Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
Or drink the blood of goats?
Offer to God thanksgiving,
And pay your vows to the Most High. Psalm 50:12-14

God makes it clear here that He doesn’t ask us to sacrifice because He needs
it… but He also makes it clear that you should fulfill your vows (sacrifices). So why then should we sacrifice if God doesn’t need it? Because sacrifice shows that you are serious, that you depend on Him and not yourself, that you faith is real. Just like in a relationship, you don’t need a ring on your finger to live together or even to stay with one person for the rest of your life. But the vow or marriage shows that you are serious and how much you value that person. You value them enough to give up your life for them. That’s what makes it valuable.

God did not need Abraham to offer up Isaac, but by him being willing to, he showed God how serious he was and that he trusted God completely. God even said,

“for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son,
your only son, from Me.” Genesis 22:12