Have you ever read through a portion of scripture and just felt your stuff in it? Thanks for joining us for more of When Faith Meets Suffering. Again we want to emphasize that we realize Social Media is all about the “happy” side of life, and this may seem like a real bummer, but the author wants to share from the side of pain, because pain is a part of real life, but also, she is claiming God’s victory in this season of suffering and will be just as transparent about the victory as she has been about the season of suffering. What she shares today was and will be part of the victory she is claiming.
It was a Wednesday night and she was spiritually hungry, soul thirsty so she decided to meet Betty at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills. She listened to Jack Hib’s message, the framework of it found in Deuteronomy 30:17-19. As he spoke, her eyes wandered up to verses 15 and 16 and her heart and soul drank of the truths. She began to put her broken marriage into what she was reading, underlining, making notes, and she couldn’t wait to get home and put it on paper.
As she left church that night, her heart and mind were nourished with encouragement and she knew the only way she was going to get thru this most painful season she found herself in was to abide in His word.
When she got home and settled, she marveled on the fact that while she got many things out of Jack’s message, she knew that because of where she is in her faith journey, this scripture was speaking something entirely different. He had met her right where she was at, just like many times before. She was so grateful for the pain relief that worked gently and powerfully as she began to read, re-read, meditate and re-write the portion of scripture putting their broken marriage into it. She put the revelations in parenthesis and bold as they were revealed to her.
See, I have set before you, ________ & _______, life, and good [this life He gives He pronounces is good], death and evil [evil is equated with death] in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His statutes [His laws are meant to guide us-the 9th commandment instructs us not to covet anything above Him] and His judgments that you both may live and multiply [multiply your blessings] and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess [the land we each were wanting to possess was intimacy with the other, though we went about it separately instead of working as one on it]
But if your heart (we are one heart) turns away so that you do not hear and are drawn and tempted away [when either of us turns away it causes a ripping of the heart, a tear that is not beyond repair but a tear never the less] and you worship other gods [another woman, ministry] and serve them [place them above Me, above covenant] I announce to you that you [your marriage] shall surely perish. You should not prolong the days in the land you are in so that you may cross over [triumph over this trial and overcome the enemy's scheme] to the land I have called you to possess [a healthy happy marriage].
Choose life and live
Yes, she would never forget how this portion of scripture permeated ever so slowly into her shattered heart, working like glue to not only begin the healing but also to encourage her in her faith journey.
I pray it speaks to you, wherever you may be in your journey, and that you will continue to put yourself in His Word…and discover what a powerful way to abide in it. Try it and watch it come to life for you, in you and through you!