Do you hear it? Are you listening very closely? Lean in close. Do you hear it now? For those of us who have a believer’s relationship with Jesus and God, His Father, we can hear it! Do this, draw close to your Father God; reach up and take His hand, and then climb up on His lap. Snuggle in close, be trusting, and when you feel you are comfortable and ready, place you ear against the chest of God. Now do you hear it? Do you hear the beating of God’s own heart? Marvel at the gentle, yet strong, almost musical beat of God’s heart. That beat is so full of love that you can believe (know) that God is on your side, fighting your battles, fighting for the healing of your marriage. He feels your hurt as you cry out to understand the actions of your wayward prodigal spouse. In His love, He comforts you. Through His love, He says,
“Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest. Accept my teaching. Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will be able to get some rest. Yes, the teaching that I ask you to accept is easy. The load I give you to carry is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (ERV)
Turn back to the Old Testament. Here, as the Israelites are coming out of slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land, they were afraid of the Egyptians and the other mighty pagan armies they are about to face.
“The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” Exodus 14:14 (NASB)
Yes, each of us who find ourselves in the midst of a family breakup, wonder what is next? Know this, that your Heavenly Father feels your pain. He knows your doubts. He knows what is going on in your spouse. Trust Him. He will never fail you. Just remember that His timing is different than yours. Don’t put any time restraints on your prayer requests. Our Heavenly Father is all powerful. Again I say, He understands your situation and that of your spouse. Only He, through the Holy Spirit, can change the heart and mind of your spouse. In like manner, during the time you and your spouse are apart (emotionally and physically), the Holy Spirit will work on your heart and mind doing a much needed tune-up.
Here is some food for thought…the more we concentrate upon ourselves and what others can do for us, we diminish what God can do in our lives. The corollary for this is…the more we put others first, serving the needs of our spouse, our families, friends, the less fortunate, then God’s presence is magnified. Think back to the time in Jesus’ ministry when He was asked (by an expert in the Law of Moses) about the greatest or most important commandment.
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40 (NKJV)
Here we hear about God’s love for all peoples. Note, that the central theme is “love.” And yes, the beat does go on and on. Despite hard times, natural disasters, wars, and crime (murder, prostitution, sex trade, etc.), God in His love says “Come to me…” as written in Matthew 11:28-30 quoted above.
I know that when I am down, when things are not going as they should, I can depend on God. I think back to the time I received the divorce petition from my wife, how devastated I was. In a small group gathering with Bible class friends, I was sharing what I felt in my heart and mind had happened in our marriage and I was bawling. These Christian brothers and sisters gathered around me, and laying on hands, they prayed over me. Shortly thereafter, I had this extreme sense of peace come over me, the presence of the Holy Spirit. He let me know that I could lean on Him, that He would be walking with me, each and every minute.
…God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Hebrews 13:5a-6 (NIV)
What a wonderful gift of reassurance from the Holy Spirit! This peace has never left me and that event occurred over nine years ago.
That same feeling can be felt when we cry out to our Heavenly Father, our good Daddy. Go ahead, reach up and take His hand and He will help you climb up into His lap. Your Heavenly Father wants to comfort you and tell you how much He loves you. He is a real person, our living God, and He has a “heart of gold.” So, go ahead, lean in close, pressing your ear to His chest and listen to His strong heart beat. It is almost musical. Do you hear it? Listen close, for each beat is saying…“I have loved you with an everlasting love…” Jeremiah 31:3a
And the beat goes on!
Standing firm on the covenant vows spoken before God (a witness to my wedding vows) and the vows spoken to my wife, until we are parted by death.
Ben in Texas