I HEAR CHAINS BREAKING:
I don’t know why some are still waiting on restoration (some longer than others), other than God is still working on both of your hearts. Let’s take our eyes off of our marriages being restored for a moment and let’s look at this from a person needing healing. If our mate comes down with a disease possibly life threatening, do we hang on as long as we can? Do we believe for healing as long as we have energy? No, we would call that different. But why? Why do we think that is different? Marriages get sick (not well) and need healing, too. The thing is, Jesus already took stripes on his back, he was beaten, bruised, mocked, laughed at, ridiculed, pierced multiple times for our sickness and disease on the cross, so that we can be #healed. What if your restoration is only one month away? What if you have been waiting for 12 years like the woman with the issue of blood, but instead of receiving her healing, she gave up prematurely? BUT… What if your answer is around the next bend? Just some things to think about… That doesn’t mean you have to live your life unhappy. Walking with God is a pleasure, it brings life back to you. Freedom in knowing who you are and whose you are. For us, it wasn’t until we walked through all of our pain separately and released the outcome to God. I told God, I would wait on Him, even if that meant my husband was 90 years old. I was going to continue to TRUST his timing, not what I saw with my natural eyes (divorce proceedings, lack of care or concern, etc… ).
So let’s see what Paul was writing about in Romans 5:1-5 (NLT)
1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace[a] with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. 3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Paul says it is a privilege to STAND. Paul tells us to look forward to sharing this journey with God. He tells us we will face problems and trials. Paul even outlines the process… MARRIAGE ISSUE that leads us to a RELATIONSHIP with Christ (or a deeper relationship) and that causes the enemy to get mad at us, which leads us to develop ENDURANCE leading to a STRONGER CHARACTER which the case of marriage restoration leads us to a RESTORED MARRIAGE. So this sounds like a process to me. ??? When we have gone through every process (surrendered it all, walked in His ways and gained mighty strength in and through the process), we end up with the HOPE, that DOES NOT DISAPPOINT…. SURPRISE RESTORATION!!! #UNCHNED