“If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation.” 2 Corinthians 1:6
Welcome back my friends, I hope you find the lesson today to be inviting and worthy of your time. I know I enjoyed this lesson more than I thought I would and I took away some good things to pray and ponder on.
The lesson focused on a marriage and the struggles that one couple endured together. If you are married, I’m sure you will be able to relate on one level or another. To name a few of them, financial, church attendance, and submission. Did you catch that last word? Yes I typed submission and I will be honest when I hear the word submit the hairs on the back of my neck stand at attention. At our bible study I wasn’t the only one that felt this way. I must admit right now though that after being with my husband eleven years I find myself submitting more and it comes with our relationship growing, me personally growing, aging, and learning more of what God requires, I believe. Where do you stand when the word submission is related to your marriage?
Let’s recall that our husbands are to “love us like Christ loved the church” (Ephesians 5:25) and we (wives) are to submit to our husbands (Ephesians 5:22). The word submission in today’s world has a negative reaction most of the time. It was mentioned among the ladies that perhaps the issue with submission now is due to the fact that alot of the marriages have both spouses working outside the home and equality is evident in this world. I don’t know the reason for submission getting a bad rap, but I am still somewhere in the middle.
The author points out that ultimately it is God we have to answer to. We sometimes have to submit to save the marriage, find a new path that brings you closer to God, and although it may be hard to swallow, we must endure. Your submission honors God. (page 165) This really hit me. It’s true. For example, what if Jesus had not chosen the path God led him on? What and where would we be today?
In regards to the financial struggles the couple were different types of spenders. Financial situations are one of the most stressful things in a marriage. In the bible we find that in Deuteronomy 28:12 it instructs us how to live financially.
The Lord will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. ESV
Sharing this verse the author opened up to me a better understanding of how things are to be. I think that all young couples that are considering marriage should focus on this verse and visit together about it.
The last couple days of the study brings us to a place of care and comfort and honor. On this days lesson was restoration though disability brings a mother and daughter back together. The granddaughter was autistic and although they had not spoken for sometime God used this beautiful vessel of a human to bring them back together. That is offering care and comfort where needed. Just as David honored Jonathan by caring for his son Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 9:1-13. This story was lovely as well, I encourage you to take a moment to read it.
Bringing us to the last day of the week’s lesson I loved it. We are to be still with God. Praying to God without ceasing is a good habit. Scheduling devotion time with God is essential in living the life He wants for us. But what about just being STILL with God? How often do we just sit, in his presence without the tv, radio, family, or laundry interfering? For me, rare is the right word. After reading this I think I will start out with 5 mins a day. Hopefully build from there and see what transpires. Who is with me? Who wants to bask in the glory of our Father and become even closer to Him?
There were four routines that the author does. I plan to begin one of them soon. It was a wonderful idea, and I would encourage you to check out page 186 of the book to see them.
Taking a marriage that could have ended in divorce and creating a new life via submission, growing together, and prayer. This week’s lesson can shine light to many of us and take us to new levels if we allow it.
Please pray with me.
As we come to find we are creatures of sin, we pray for your forgiveness in this tattered world. We pray that we will allow you to lead us to submission and comfort those around us. May we bask in Your word and learn that life is better when we do. We lift up to you the hurt, fragile, lost, and hurting people, while we rejoice with those that know Your gifts and rest in the fact of the resurrection. We praise our Holy Father. In Jesus Name, Amen