God’s Point of View
One day I was reading in Mark, chapter nine, where Jesus rebuked Peter. The words He spoke to Peter really jumped off the page of my Living Bible! “Satan, get behind me! You are looking at this only from a human point of view and not from God’s.”
Jesus had just shared with the disciples about the terrible things He must suffer, and that He would be rejected by the elders and the Chief Priests and the other Jewish leaders. He would be killed, and He would rise again three days afterwards. He talked about it quite frankly with them so Peter took Him aside and chided Him. “You shouldn’t say things like that,” he told Jesus. That’s when Jesus rebuked him.
As we stand for our marriages we must get God’s perspective, not ours. Why are we doing this? Is it just so we will stop hurting or because we are so lonesome? If so, we are looking at our situations only from a human point of view, like Peter. Marriage is to be a picture of the faithfulness of God. God does not break His covenants. He is a covenant keeper and our example.
We all go through periods of weariness and need encouragement from time to time; ultimately, we must all go to God and draw our strength from Him. We must guard against accepting and taking on discouragement and weariness. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Joseph, David and other Bible examples wearied at times and were often discouraged; however, they learned to give their emotions to the Lord, to take their eyes off their problems, and to trust God. We can expect challenges in several areas if we want our marriages healed.
First, we must know we have heard from God to stand for our marriage. If we know this one thing, when discouragement comes, we can always ask ourselves, “But what did God say to me?” Just as Mary responded to the angel, “Be it unto me according to Thy word,” we must come into agreement with God’s Word for our marriage. Luke 1:38
Second is the timing, probably the most crucial area because we don’t want to wait. And yet, patience is a partner to faith and a fruit of the spirit that must be developed in our lives. (Galatians 5:22) We can grow in patience or be stubborn and rebellious, which produces disobedience.
Something important to remember is that God doesn’t entrust novices with large amounts of money or responsibility. We must first humble ourselves, grow and mature and go through the process of learning patience and being faithful over little before our visions can become reality. Luke 16:10: “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
This process is certainly true of the vision for our marriages and families. Yes, God has great plans for our families and we will be used mightily of the Lord. In the meantime, enjoy the process, knowing you are being obedient to the call of God on your life.
Finally, looking at the restoration of our marriage from God’s perspective allows us to draw strength from Him, knowing He will renew our strength and encourage us. He is not only the author, but also the finisher of our faith. Discouragement and weariness have to go when we look to Him.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2