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Are you standing for the restoration of your marriage? A daily devotional that will offer encouragement from God’s Word as you stand for the restoration of your marriage.

Waiting in the storm

He gives rain for the earth and water for the fields. Job 5:10 (NLT)

In order to grow a crop, it must rain. In order to have a bountiful harvest, you must sow the seeds, wait for the growth and, at just the right time, reap the harvest.

It’s the same with life’s trials and tribulations. We want more, but we can’t expect it to come easily-we have to work for it, go through “stuff.” The storm swirling around us feels like it’s going to drown us sometimes. A torrential downfall of pouring rain. But rain is beneficial, a watering of the earth. It is beautiful and smells fresh. It’s necessary for growth. And it waters the seeds that have been sown.

Ask the Lord for rain in the spring, for He makes the storm clouds. And He will send showers of rain, so every field becomes a lush pasture. Zechariah 10:1 (NLT)

After the storm comes the waiting. That is hard, too, because we want to immediately see results, the fruits of our labor. Some seeds take longer to root than others. But once they start to sprout, they tend to grow pretty quickly. And then it’s time to collect what you’ve waited for.

Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. Psalm 126:5 (NLT)

You will still have to work for it. But when the work is done, and you are able to marvel at and see how far you’ve come, you’ll be thankful for the rain and storms, for the waiting, and for the work.

When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessings. Hebrews 6:7 (NLT)

So when the storms of life batter down on you and you feel like you’re going to drown, remember a good rainstorm is needed to produce a good crop. The waiting is hard but necessary for a fruitful and beautiful harvest. The work is tiring but is so worth it. In regards to marriage restoration, we want it NOW! We want our life back. But maybe we should step back, ask God for provision, what He wants to do, and how He wants to do it. God has a mighty work to do, and if we put in the work with Him, co-labor with Him, He will let us in on what He’s doing. He will not leave us or forget us. We can trust Him with our spouse, marriage, and family. Maybe that’s why God allows the storms in our lives – He is watering us for a harvest! Trust Him, grow your seed in the storms of life. He won’t let you down!

Then the Lord will bless you with rain at planting time. There will be wonderful harvests and plenty of pastureland for your livestock. Isaiah 30:23 (NLT)

As Galatians 6:9 (NLT) says, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Don’t give up! Stand firm! Believe in what our mighty God can do! Your spouse’s soul could depend on your obedience to the Lord and what He has called you to do. Isn’t that worth the storms of life? It is for me. I’m thankful God called me to this walk. Are you? The storm may seem long, dark, and scary. But it won’t last forever.

Jennifer in Florida

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5 months ago

Thank you for the encouragement! I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the LORD
In the land of the living.
Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD!( Psalm 27:13-14)

5 months ago

Beautiful and encouraging post. Thank you

5 months ago

Thank you Lord! Thank you for sharing this message of insight and encouragement Jennifer!

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