Our marriage problems started early on in our marriage. Some days it was easy for me to deny our problems. I made excuses or thought I was misinterpreting my husband’s behavior. I was facing a crisis.
In the Bible, we also learn about Jehoshaphat and the crisis he faced. Is your family facing a crisis? Maybe it is a spouse who is unwilling to repent of their sin, mounting debt, caring for an aging parent, or maybe you have a prodigal child. I want you to know that you don’t need to live in fear or discouragement regardless of what you are facing. Your Lord God is with you, right now, and He will never leave you or forsake you.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely, he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:2-4
God has a plan and a purpose for you and your family.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:11-12
Jehoshaphat was alarmed. You may also feel alarmed and afraid. You need to humble yourself and ask the Lord what He wants you to do.
SEEK THE LORD BY PRAYING AND FASTING
Jehoshaphat called his people together to proclaim a fast and seek help from the Lord. May you seek the Lord for His help through prayer and fasting. You may have never fasted for yourself or your loved ones. It was a foreign concept to me when I was standing for my marriage and starting to understand more about fasting. The Lord directed me to 2 Chronicles 20 early in my journey with Him. He used that scripture to give me guidelines to learn how to fight for my spouse and family. Ask the Lord what He would have you do.
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” Isaiah 58:6
KNOW THE POWER OF GOD
You have seen your marriage restored, so you understand God’s power. However, it can be easy to forget God’s power when we are facing a struggle. The enemy wants you to doubt His power. I want to agree with you for a miracle from God because I know My Lord and My God. He is powerful. He can make crooked paths straight. He sent His son to die on the cross for all sinners. I know He loves you; He cares about the struggles your family is facing. He will never leave you or forsake you.
I can say that my divorce was the best thing that happened to me as I met my Lord God in a way that I had never known Him. Do you feel the same way? Did your journey through marriage problems change your faith? Today, my relationship with the Lord is the most important thing in my life.
Do you know the voice of God? Can you hear Him? Spend time telling the Lord your every hurt and need. Talking to Him will give you a peace that is beyond understanding. Ask God to direct your every step.
“…For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12
A restored marriage doesn’t instantly solve every problem. In fact, it can create a new set of struggles. Face the issue with God on your side and let Him direct your family. Partner with your returned prodigal to come together in the struggle instead of seeing them as the enemy. Together, you can face your problems with your eyes focused on Jesus.