Every Christian couple desires the presence of God and His ever present help in times of need. Every Christian couple would love to have God, His power and blessing working out all things in their home. We all long to know for certain that God is with us in our marriages and our home, it gives us confidence, it gives us hope, it gives us a reassurance that even when things are rough and tough, God will work it out for us some how.
Unfortunately though, some of us make our lives, our marriages and homes uncomfortable for Him to abide. The things we think, the things we say and the things we do make the atmosphere unbearable for Him.
Here are some groups or kinds of couples relating to this:
1. Some hardly remember Him, no word of prayers, no time of fellowship, His word is barely considered, until perhaps Sunday morning, that is, if they are able to make it to Church fellowship. They never consult God in their marriage.
2. Some do all of these but there is no depth because they have not allowed God to dwell in their hearts. All they do is go through the motions, they perceive they need to do all those in order to feel like they are Christians or so that neighbours, friends, relatives, colleagues or on lookers will consider them Christians. They go to God only when there is a near collapse in their marriage.
3. Some others struggle; they let God in today and run Him off tomorrow. They only follow God when it falls within their convenience, when it gets to hard on their flesh, they tell themselves or believe the lie that they are only flesh and blood, then they disobey; God cannot dwell in an atmosphere of disobedience. They tell their marital issues to God but are hardly willing to do as He says.
4. Many have gone completely cold, lost gusto and zeal for God. They do not bother to seek God any more. Some of these ones went cold because they have found comfort and feel they have no need for anything or God. While some in this group have gone bitter against God, they feel betrayed; God has not come through for them so they want nothing more to do with Him. God is not part of their marriage.
All of these groups of couples/or couples, whether intentionally or not, have made no room for God in their marriages. So they struggle; little or no joy, no peace, no fulfillment, one disaster after another, no day without a fight, everyday quarrelling, constant fits of anger…
We all must make room for God to actually dwell in our homes. To guide our every decision, to lead our every step, to be the head of our marriages, to be the centre of it all. We make room for Him by living our lives and running our homes according to the directions given us in The Holy Bible, by seeking Him in prayer, by reading His word, hearing His Word and by complete obedience to His every word.
This will not be a guarantee for our marriages to run smooth all the way, but it does guarantee a way out of every rough situation, direction in confusion, love through difficulties, joy in hard times, and peace when troubles blow.
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. Matthew 7: 24
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