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How Do You See Your Giants?

Each week we share guest devotionals. The views expressed below are those of the writer and may not reflect the views of Rejoice Marriage Ministries or the Steinkamps.

Has the Lord placed a devotional on your heart that you would like to share with other standers?

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  2 Corinthians 12:10

God had given me the idea months ago to write a devotional. I did not feel capable of doing so. The Lord would remind me that it would not be in my strength but rather He would guide me. I continued to be disobedient until…

Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, LORD. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD?”  Exodus 4:10-11

Last night after finding out that an OW exists in my husband’s life and that my young child met her and her son for the first time, I was devastated. Praying to the Lord and pouring out my heart and soul for the Lord to console, He started giving me Bible verses. I started writing them down to what became this, my first devotional. I asked the Lord to take my anger and frustration against the enemy who came to steal, kill and destroy and not towards my husband and the OW.

Sobbing and sitting in my prayer room, staring at my wall that is full of our wedding pictures and Bible verses the Lord has given me during my stand, waiting for God to hug me and speak to me regarding this situation. Not questioning God (I know better after several years standing for my marriage), but yet looking for an answer from the Lord, God asked me “Are you like the 10 spies who I sent to spy on the promised land that I was going to give them, that flows with milk and honey, and were afraid?” The Lord with His love asked me “Is this giant bigger than me?”

We need to see beyond the giant of OW, divorce, indifference, rejection, other children, another marriage, etc. God wants us to trust Him and to understand that this is not the end. He has not finished our story with each giant that comes across our walk with the Lord. He wants us to trust Him like a child trusts his father. Each giant seems to get bigger. Yes, it is so, because our faith should also get bigger as we grow with the Lord.

“But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.” Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”  Numbers 13:28-30

I never thought that during this battle I was going to have the strength to write a devotional to help someone else who really needs this encouragement. That’s the God we serve. He gives us strength and manifests His power during our low moments. Therefore, it’s clear that it is not our strength but His Holy Spirit. God wants to form us like Caleb and Joshua. He wants us to see through those giants. He wants us aligned with what He sees. God can defeat these giants. Every single one of them. Our husbands have defied the Lord because He created family, marriage, and with Him is our covenant.

Let’s look at our situation like Caleb and Joshua. Just like then as God proved Himself to His people, He will also get the glory and honor when our marriages are restored. God wants us to focus on the promises He has given us and not on what the enemy wants us to see. We need to remember that what we see is temporary. God’s promises are eternal.

God is not preparing our blessing; He is preparing us to receive the blessing He already has on hand for us. He wants us to resist the enemy and he will flee.

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”  1 Samuel 17:45

Let’s pray: Lord help us see our situation how You see it and strengthen us to wait on Your timing. Mold us through this process and allow us to accept Your will which is good, perfect and pleasing.

He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’”  2 Chronicles 20:15

Lorena in Oregon

Rejoice Marriage Ministries

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Lalitha
Lalitha
14 days ago

Thank you Lorena! Father may we know the truth and be set free from deception ( John 8:32)

Your love never fails
I know I still make mistakes
But, You have new mercies for me everyday
Your love never fails

https://youtu.be/IoezWBPGRAc

Crystal
Crystal
14 days ago
Reply to  Lalitha

Hi Lalitha! Glad to see a comment from you. 😊

Sarah
Sarah
14 days ago
Reply to  Crystal

Me too!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
14 days ago

Wonderful devotional! Thank you for being obedient to the Lord in writing it. He used you and your obedience to speak directly to me this morning. What an amazing God we serve! Thank you for your faithfulness!

Shelley Mahoney
Shelley Mahoney
14 days ago

Thank you for sharing your heart- I am praying for you

Tim
Tim
14 days ago

Father, please speak loudly to Lorena’s husband and the OW. Send them dreams, visions, nightmares to turn them from the pit. Put your hedge of thorns between them and let everywhere they turn lead straight to You. Breath your Spirit of Life into them. In Christ Jesus we pray, expecting Your answer. Amen

Sarah
Sarah
14 days ago
Reply to  Tim

Amen…make them supremely uncomfortable and unable to enjoy or tolerate each other’s company because of Holy Ghost conviction in the authority that is in Jesus’ name.

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