The title of this article is not If Satan Attacks Your Marriage. It is When Satan Attacks Your Marriage.
We live in a day in which the very institution of marriage is under attack. We are faced with the issues of divorce, adultery, homosexual unions and the foregoing of marriage for living together relationships.
It can be easy for us to so focus on these institutional attacks, that we leave ourselves vulnerable to the attacks of the wicked one upon our own Christian marriages. That would be unwise.
The biblical record and personal testimony both attest that the Christian marriage is a key battleground in our spiritual warfare. The first husband and wife found themselves under spiritual attack from the devil. Here was a man and woman that could clearly say that they had married the one prepared by God for them. Yet this God ordained marriage, created in a state of pure innocence, succumbed to the fiery darts from Satan’s bow.
The Bible warns us that even extended lapses of sexual intimacy may give opportunity for spiritual attacks.
Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
(1 Corinthians 7:5 ESV, emphasis mine)
I speak not of marriages which do not even attempt to be godly. The evil one does not need to unleash his arsenal in those arenas. His most potent weapons are reserved for those who desire their marriages to be gospel pictures as Ephesians 5 demonstrates.
Adam and Eve were in a paradise garden walking with God, and Satan still slithered in to tempt them. The 1 Corinthians passage above indicates that Satan’s temptations present themselves when a couple devotes themselves to prayer. Do not be deceived into thinking that your spiritual attempts will make you immune from these attacks.
In my own experiences, I can attest that the most violent spiritual attacks came when I least expected them. Sadly at times, my focus was so on advancing the kingdom that my marital flanks were left exposed.
Guess what? If you succumb to those attacks, your focus on the advance will be diverted. You will be forced to turn your energies to the point of attack. Do as a good military leader would do, shore up the flanks as you press forward.