THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TOWARD A HEALED MARRIAGE
by Charlyne Steinkamp
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Do you feel like you are carrying the weight of your problems with your own strength? Are you tired of waiting for your spouse to break off a relationship with the other person? Are your family and friends telling you to “Get on with your life?” Do not listen to the world’s way of fighting for your marriage, as we have an epidemic of divorce happening around us. People will fight to save animals and many other things in their lives, but we will not stand up for the sanctity of marriages. Lord, help us.
Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress. Isaiah 33:2
I was very strong-willed, and the Lord had to get my attention and show me that I needed my husband. I was incomplete without Bob. The Lord wanted me to surrender my life to Him, allowing Him to take me on a spiritual journey, surrendering my will for God’s will. May I ask, “Who is in charge of your life today, you or the Lord?”
…But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Genesis 2:20-24
Have you read the book of Judges recently? As part of your devotions, read Judges 7 tonight.
The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’…The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands.” Judges 7:2, 7
Gideon had to reduce the army from 32,000 to 300. Can you imagine fighting and winning a battle with 300 men? It was God’s battle, not Gideon’s. This is a biblical truth that you and I need to remember. God wants all the glory, honor, and praise for any victory in a battle or a restored marriage. Nothing is too hard for our Lord God. Where does your strength come from? The correct answer is from the Lord.
Your Lord God wants to restore your marriage by His strength and power, not by your plans, your manipulations, your begging and pleading to your spouse. Your spouse needs to know that your marriage can only be rebuilt by the greatest Builder, God.
You can depend on your Lord God as your source of strength. Even the strongest people get tired sometimes, but God’s power and strength will never diminish. He is never too tired or busy to help or listen to you. Look up the word “strength” in the back of your Bible’s Concordance and read all the scriptures with that word in it. All the scriptures about God’s strength will encourage and bless you. Remember to call upon God to renew your strength when you feel that life is crushing you and you cannot go another step. He will never fail you! Now ask the Lord to renew your strength right now!
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31