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Thought for the Week: Numbers 13:27-28, 30-31

by admin on November 11, 2012 in Faith, Relationship, Thought for the Week with No Comments

“Thus they told [Moses], and said, ‘We went in to the land where you sent us; and it certainly does flow with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.  Nevertheless, the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; and moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak there.’  Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, ‘We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.’  But the men who had gone up with him said, ‘We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us” (Numbers 13:27-28, 30-31).

Getting married can sometimes feel like you are Caleb among a crowd of nay-sayers.  For some of us, the model marriages of our family and friends weren’t so stellar, and perhaps were downright toxic.  For others, marriage is ideal but somewhere down the line, an insurmountable wall or a barrage of shrapnel loom in the horizon.  Marriage is never easy when it is lived out Biblically because husband and wife must die to self, but it is good and fruitful.

As one who loves marriage and delights in her husband, even I can promise you that at times, your “promised land” will appear to be too rife with threats.  Like the scouts in Numbers found, you will also find that un-welcomed guests have taken up residence in this land that was promised to you.  Whether they be greed, addiction, selfishness, a critical spirit, the need for approval, pornography, divorce, distrust, abuse, or any other host of wounds, habits, lies, and patterns, you will find a need to overcome the “residents” who are dwelling in your promised land.  And those wounds, habits, lies, and patterns will most assuredly be fortified with layers of hurt and deception and pride that have scarred over to form a protection of self.

But you know what?  You will overcome! As Caleb recognized that it was by God’s strength that they would posses this promised land (Numbers 14:8-9), you too can cling to the fact that God does intend for your marriage to be like a land flowing with milk and honey, abundant with delectable fruit.  Separate from your counsel those who do not understand that your marriage is worth fighting for and that God can overcome ANYthing that could ever rear its head in your marriage.  He will bring you into the “promised land” if you endure to let Him.

Lord, You are the God of the impossible.  You breathe new life into the dead.  You redeem what is broken.  You victoriously wage war against evil and protect me from casualties of the battle.  In You, I can claim victory in my marriage no matter what examples of crumbling marriages I have seen and no matter what temptation or trial will come up along the way.  It is not by my strength, Lord, but by Yours.  Spirit, fortify my faith in You, that I may glorify You in my marriage all the days of my life.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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