When God restores the power in our relationships, He turns on the light of security. As with love, the need for security is met differently in a husband and wife. While only God can meet our deepest needs for love and security, He designed us to meet those needs in one another’s lives as well.
Only God can turn the light of love on in a marriage. The Bible tells us that we are only deceiving ourselves when we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. If the lights have gone out in your marriage, the great news is that God can turn them back on!
We’ve all been there. A storm hits, and the power goes out. Everything becomes dark and, unless you are one of the fortunate ones with your own generator, you are stumbling through the darkness to find a flashlight. But, what happens when the power goes out in your marriage or one of your closest relationships?
Prognosticators forecast everything from the stock market to the end of the world. Will the future bring a bear market or a bullish one? What about my personal future? Who do you listen to? What do you believe?
I love the phrase “immeasurably more” in this verse of scripture. It describes a distinct quality of life that God offers every Christ follower! He desires to do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine!” in our lives, in our relationships, in our marriages and families!
I grew up hearing, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” It’s true of human nature too. Twice, in Proverbs, the Bible speaks about a person at the table with food in front of him, but he won’t eat! Why? Is he sick? Is he just not hungry? Does he not like the meal? No. “He is too lazy!”
Imagine leading a few million former slaves through a barren, desert wilderness with the promise of a new land that was lush and fertile, a land of milk and honey. Before they could enter the promised land, they had to go through the wilderness. That’s a metaphor to me of marriage.
Our hearts hunger for meaningful relationships. Yet, the reality is that all relationships naturally go stale. Somebody said, “Marriage is like a hot bath; once you get used to it, it’s not so hot anymore.” Not only that, all relationships naturally stay shallow. If you don’t do something intentionally to take your relationship deeper, it will naturally stay on the surface and remain shallow.
This week, we dug deep into Ezekiel 37, the story of the Valley of Dry Bones. We’ve mined three treasures of truth that restore hope in our lives.
God knows what is happening in our lives. He knows the hurt we feel. When God called Moses to deliver Israel from their bondage in Egypt, He told Moses these three truths.