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Men, has the Lord placed a devotional on your heart that you would like to share with other standers?
Then the LORD shut him in. For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth…But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded…At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. Genesis 7:16–17; 8:1, 3-4
The Bible says that God sealed the doors of the ark. God was in control of the events that happened in Noah’s life. He gave Noah a job, a command. Then he said, ’Trust Me, wait on Me to act. Believe that I will do what I say I will do.’ Once God sealed the doors of the ark, Noah and his family had no idea how long they would be in the storm, or how long they would be on the ark. They knew the light was coming, they just did not know when.
They were protected in the ark because God sealed them in. They had God’s promise to bring them through, and they had God’s promise for a new beginning. All around the ark, the storms raged, the rain came down. I imagine that as the storm raged around, the ark was tossed by the tides and waves. I imagine inside the ark, the animals were not calm, but instead bayed and roared, it was dark. Noah and his family were on the ark for about a year, but Noah and his family trusted God to bring them through. They waited on God because they had His promise. God was making something new.
“I am making everything new.” Revelation 21:5
Does this sound like what you are going through? Events happened in your marriage that were unexpected to you. The storm is raging around your life, the waves are crashing around you. Inside you’re screaming, crying out, it’s dark. This is what I went through when my wife left. As I sit alone in the dark, I have to remember, Jesus has been given ALL authority and ALL power in this world. Nothing takes Him by surprise. He is in control.
Through the storms, Noah might have even thought, “I can’t take this anymore.” You may feel this way. We have to remember, we have His promise too.
And we know all things God works together for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Not some things, not most things, not maybe, but all things! Notice also, God does not say it will all be good, but it will work for good. The storms are coming, but God is there in the storm.
“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:6-9
Be strong and take courage, you have His promise to be with you. You may even already have a rhema word that He will heal your marriage. Be strong and take courage, spend time in His Word, growing in His wisdom, stand on His promises, claiming His Word over your wife and family. Be strong and take courage, spend time in His presence seeking His will for your life and your marriage. Most importantly, wait on God, trust in God, have faith in Him to do what He has already told you He will do. Waiting is the hardest lesson I am learning. God has promised, God never fails. God doesn’t need our help, we need His. Wait on God.
“You know in your heart and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed all of the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you, not one of them has failed.” Joshua 23:14 (ESV)
God has a purpose for our lives, even in the hard times. This season has brought me back to God. I have been a Christian for a long time, but this is the first time I have had a relationship with Christ my Lord and Savior. I am growing for the first time in my life. I understand peace in the storm. I am starting to see what Jesus said, “I came to give not just life (eternal salvation), but life abundantly.” I would not trade this for anything, not my wife or my marriage. I cannot be the man, the husband, or father my wife and kids need until I am where God wants me to be. It is not an easy process, not by a long shot. Let God shape you through this season, and remember that you have His promise. It is only a temporary season. I am looking forward to the day for life abundantly with my wife and children.
Wait on God, His work, His timing. God is in control, even in the dark, even during the raging storms, He is there. Lean on Him and seek His guidance, His direction.
Standing on the promise of a healed and restored marriage!
David in Texas