Marriage can be beautiful, but staying in a marriage and working on it will probably be the hardest thing some of us will ever do.
When pain, disappointment, abandonment, fear, anger and hurt from the sin of a spouse enter in, it can seem too much to bear. We want out.
When I am broken, discouraged, scared, and frustrated with my marriage, I'm tempted to quit. I'm tempted to stop following God's ways and to do it my way. When I forget the power of God, I walk away from Him. Proverbs 29:18a tells me that "when [I] do not accept divine guidance, [I will] run wild."
But I must remember...
If His voice can echo above the sea, He can calm the storm in my heart.
If His voice can split the mighty cedars of Lebanon, He can shatter the fear in my heart.
If He can cause Lebanon's mountains to skip like a calf, He can lighten the heavy load on my heart.
If His voice can strike like a lightning bolt, make the desert quake, twist the mighty oaks and strip the forest bare, He can certainly radically change my marriage. (Psalm 29)
When trouble comes, I can remember that He hasn't forgotten me. My pain is never hidden from him. He knows all about my fear. "The LORD gives his people strength, the LORD blesses them with peace." (Psalm 29:11)
"Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in His good time He will honor you. Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about what happens to you. Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in your faith." (I Peter 5:6-9a)
God knows the struggles that we face in marriage. We are not alone even if we feel like it. We can pour our heart out to Him. I Peter 3:14-15a tells us, "Even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don't be afraid and don't worry. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life." Trusting God isn't always going to be easy, but if we worship Him with our trust, He will reward us.
Join me tomorrow as we study Proverbs chapter 30. Just getting started on the series? Catch up with all the posts on my landing page between now and October 31.
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