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,
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.
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.
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.
What a wonderful gift of reassurance from the Holy Spirit! This peace has never left me and that event occurred over nine years ago.
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