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Men, has the Lord placed a devotional on your heart that you would like to share with other standers?
The sun is rising a little bit earlier. Days are starting to feel a little bit warmer. Something is changing. The season is changing. I can feel it. I really can.
I am here sitting at work. I just received a message from my prodigal hoping I am having a great day. Who would have thought after many months of hatred/anger towards me, after no communication, after saying things like “I only talk to you because of the baby,” or the “I made a mistake marrying you/I don’t love you.” I can feel something changing. I really can.
The Lord gave me this message: “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” Jeremiah 1:4-8 (NLT)
The Lord gave a message to Jeremiah. How many of you have received a message from God to stand? How beautiful to know that God knew us before we were born. He knew our strengths, our weaknesses. He knew that we would fail in our marriages. He knew we would “give up” on our stand for a few days and then return to standing. He knew all this before our parents even thought about having us. He also knows what it takes to turn our will/ways to Him. He knows what plans He has for us.
Then the Lord said to me, “Look, Jeremiah! What do you see?” And I replied, “I see a branch from an almond tree.” And the Lord said, “That’s right, and it means that I am watching, and I will certainly carry out all my plans.” Jeremiah 1:11-12 (NLT)
How amazing! God will carry out His plans. Plans for good. He is watching us. Let’s be honest. I never imagined in a million years that I would be where I am now. I never imagined that I would be living separately from my wife, from my child. I never imagined countless court dates to fight for custody. I never imagined multiple calls to the police to see my child. I never imagined that I would be on the verge of divorce. I also never imagined that God would use me in a ministry this early. I never imagined that I would be preaching at the same age Jesus began His ministry. I never imagined that there was a whole community of “standers” praying for their lost beloved spouses. I never imagined writing these words in hopes that God can use me to encourage others.
I know what you are going through. I know the pain and suffering, but God is still in control. He created EVERYTHING. Can’t we trust Him with our marriages or spouse? I know I can.
Something is changing and that is YOU. God is moving in a mighty way. He is moving in your spouses’ lives. God is releasing promises every day. Our time is coming. I can feel it. I really can. We are almost home.
Jesse in Arizona