Thank you for reading Standing Firm, a weekly men's devotional written by Dennis Wingfield for Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.
For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Psalm 117:2
Your world has been shaken by marital strife and possibly divorce. Your life has been ripped apart. All your hopes and dreams have been shattered like a ship dashed upon the rocks in a violent storm. You are battered and disillusioned. You are dazed and nothing seems real in this nightmare of destruction.
In the midst of the turmoil, God is a solid foundation. When it seems that you can trust nothing in this life, God is unchanging. God is faithful and His love for you is constant. Lean on God in your time of need. He is faithful forever. He will be a safe harbor in the midst of the stormy sea. He will give you peace.
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10
Jesus was born, died and rose from the dead to demonstrate the Father’s unchanging love. The 17th chapter of John ,records Jesus’ final words to His disciples before His passion and death. This chapter begins with Jesus asking God His Father to glorify Him in His death just as He has glorified His Father with His life. Jesus then prays for His disciples’ sanctification, faithfulness and protection from evil. Finally, Jesus prays this prayer for all believers:
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me...Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” John 17:20-23, 25-26 (emphasis added)
Through His prayers Jesus is demonstrating one last time the love the Father has for the Son and the love He has for the Father. Together, they both demonstrate the love they have for humanity. Jesus’ death on the cross for the salvation of all men is the epitome of love.
God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9
In meditating on this final prayer of Jesus for all believers, I was struck by how this prayer could also be directed to you and your spouse for your marriage. Both God the Father and Jesus the Son want you and your spouse to be one. Your marriage is a living example of Christ’s love for humanity. God wants your marriage to be healthy and whole, demonstrating His love to a world that is in so need of hope. May Christ’s prayer of unity come to fruition in your heart and in your marriage. May He reign forever and ever. Amen.
“Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” Acts 20:32
God bless you, dear Brother in Christ. May God bless your holiness with the inheritance that is rightfully yours.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30