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This Week's Standing Firm Men's Devotional

Saturday, August 16, 2014
HOPE FOR THE WEARY
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
 
A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
 
See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
 
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40:1, 3-5, 10-11, 28-31

 
If you are like I was during my journey through the desert of divorce, you are tired and weary. You are on an emotional roller coaster. The ups and downs and unexpected twists and turns drain your strength. Through the prophet Isaiah, God promises you comfort in your distress. He promises to level the peaks and valleys that wreak havoc on your emotional and physical wellbeing. God “gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Is 40:29). God declares that “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Is 40:31). God is an everlasting god that loves you deeply. He is concerned with your struggles and trials. Like a father and mother comforting a young child that has stumbled and fallen, God wants to comfort you and embrace you in His loving arms.
 

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.  Lamentations 3:21-26
 
Prior to my divorce, I was lax in my faith. I was master of my life and had little time for God. The dreaded words, “I want a divorce” shattered my self-sufficiency and brought me to my knees. I was a broken man, hopeless and in despair. I cried out to God to save me from the pit of divorce. I started praying and reading Scripture. I fell in love with Jesus.
 

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope…put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.  Psalm 130:5, 7
 
Raised in a Christian home I knew of Jesus, but I did not know Jesus. Scripture taught me of God’s unconditional love for me even in the midst of my sin. He sent His Son to die for me (FOR ME!) so that I might be reconciled to Him. As I grew in love and knowledge of Christ, the cloud of despair that cloaked me in darkness lifted and I had renewed strength and hope. If Christ could conquer sin and death, He certainly could heal the brokenness in my life and in my marriage.
 

You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.  Psalm 119:114
 
As I read Scripture, a pattern began to emerge. The Bible is the story of God’s salvific plan to reconcile His beloved children with Him. He loved us so much that He sent His Son, born of a virgin, as a living sacrifice for you and me. The world has seen no greater love than this. This is our faith and this is our hope. Christ has conquered sin and death. He reigns victorious. God is with you in the midst of the storm. He will not let you be defeated by the enemy. Walk in faith and see the mighty work that He will accomplish in your home and marriage.
 

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  Hebrews 10:23
 
Are you reading Scripture on a regular basis? It is your lifeline in the battle for your marriage. Feed on the Word of God daily. It will strengthen you and give you hope. God will speak to you through His Word. It is His love letter to you. Feast on the Word of God and let it soothe your hurting heart.
 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.  Romans 15:4
 
Throughout Scripture, God’s beloved children were unfaithful. God never stopped loving His people. He pursued them and courted them. He never gave up. He loves you and your spouse. He wants you both in a loving personal relationship with Him. In spite of circumstances to the contrary, God will never stop seeking the lost. He will go to the corners of the earth to bring a sinner home. Place your faith and hope in God for the salvation of your home and marriage.
 

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.  Psalm 42:5
 
My marriage was long dead and buried. I was thought a fool for standing on the promises of God’s Word for healing and reconciliation. I was rejected by friends, family and even church-going people for my trust and faith in God. In spite of a second marriage, God did not disappoint me. He did what He said He would do. God used my divorce and reconciliation to show unbelievers that He is ever faithful and loving. The Psalmist says “No one who hopes in [God] will ever be put to shame” (Ps 25:3). He delivered me from the pit of divorce and placed me on the splendid summit of a restored marriage.
 

Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.  Psalm 146:5
 
I pray that God will fill you with hope and peace as you stand in faith for the healing of your marriage. He is a faithful God who desires to bless you and your wife in a restored marriage. He wants to bless His children beyond measure. Do you believe in the promises of God? Do you have faith in His ability to heal your home and marriage? God is with you through this journey. Give Him all your sorrow and concerns. Ask Him to bless and multiply your offering. May God bless you and give you the deepest desires of your heart. God healed my marriage and I pray that He will do the same for you.
 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13
 
God bless you, my Brother, as you stand in hope for the healing of your marriage.
 

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.  Psalm 31:24


Dennis L. Wingfield
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.
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Weekly Scripture Memorization:
 
Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”?  Isaiah 40:27
 

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