Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers:—1 Peter 3:1, 4, 5, 12
Whether it is a struggle in our marriage, a trial, or weariness in the battle of everyday life, God has some awesome promises to keep us going if we fully rely on Him and His power in our lives.
Just knowing that God sees us, knows what we are going through, and hears our prayer brings such peace and comfort to my heart! Unfortunately, we can forget that or at least we sure act as if we have forgotten this at times. Here are three truths for when we find ourselves forgetting.
1. A Truthful Promise (You’re Not Alone—Ever)
For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.—Proverbs 3:26
There are times when the Lord is the only One you can go to, and there are times when the Lord is the only One you SHOULD go to.
David felt alone in Psalm 142, and cried out to the Lord from a cave where he was seeking refuge. As you read this passage, remember, our trials are common to man. Have you ever felt like this?
I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication. I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.
2. A Purposeful Process (God Wants to Change You!)
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.—Philippians 2:13
- Do your circumstances govern you?
- Do your emotions run your life?
We must remember that our joy does not come from a person. Our joy must be found in Christ. Can you simply obey God and leave the results to Him?
It has been said that there are three levels of love:
- I love you if…
- I love you because…
- I love you in spite of…
When it comes to your relationship with your husband, where do you see your love for him? Whatever level of love you find yourself at, remember that God wants to bring you to the next level, and will do it if you will let Him.
3. An Impactful Plan (God Will Work in Your Husband and He Will Use “A Changed You” to Accomplish His Plan)
Meditate on these two verses:
God is not a man, that he should lie.—Numbers 23:18
With God nothing shall be impossible.—Luke 1:37
With just the truths in those two verses as a foundation, we can obey God and stay committed to our marriage.
When we start to think that we are alone, we forget that God is there and become inward focused instead of upward focused. It is then that we pout to ourselves, I’m the only one working on this relationship.
God knows exactly what you are going through, and He has the answer. Your response to the situation is the tool in God’s hands.
Concentrate on yourself, redeeming the mistakes you have made and asking God to show you how to change, rather than concentrating on your husband’s failures.