Day 21
"Love is Satisfied in God"

"The LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places. "
(Isaiah 58:11)

Has your wife ever let you down? The truth is that she will never ever be able to satisfy all of your expectations or the demands you ask of her. Nor can you for her. Why? Some of your expectations or demands are perhaps unreasonable . . . . but bottom line - your wife is human. Humans fail - all of us. But God never fails.

Your needs for peace, significance, joy and love are all valid - but only God can satisfy them. "My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). The world may try to get us to look to its ways to meet our needs - through a good job, good health, wealth and beauty. But all of these are subject to change. God never changes, and His faithfulness, His truth, and His promises to those who are His children are what we must look at to fill whatever emptiness we may experience.

Most of the suffering in human life comes because we refuse to be disillusioned. For instance, if I love a human being, and do not love God, I demand of that man or woman an infinite satisfaction which they cannot give. I demand of them every perfection and every rectitude, and when I do not get it, I become cruel and vindictive and jealous. Think of the average married life after, say, five or ten years; too often it sinks down into the most commonplace drudgery. The reason is that the husband and wife have not known God rightly, they have not gone through the transfiguration of love, nor entered through the discipline of disillusionment into satisfaction in God, and consequently they have begun to endure one another instead of having one another for enjoyment in God. The human heart must have satisfaction, but there is only one Being Who can satisfy the last aching abyss of the human heart, and that is our Lord Jesus Christ.

Carve out time in your day to spend in prayer and Bible reading. You may need to pray for God to help make that happen as schedules are so demanding. Try a deliberate reading schedule, like a chapter in the Gospels a day, or a chapter from Proverbs each day (there are 31 chapters in Proverbs, like taking a "one a day" vitamin). The more you read about God (Jesus Christ), the more you will know Him and trust Him.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6,7)

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:12,13)

Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."
(2 Corinthians 4:17)

The Bible promises us great reward if we endure and overcome when facing the trials of this life, continually striving towards obedience and faith in Christ. Paul exhorts us to cling to this hope in these words: "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart". (Galatians 6:9).

Prayer: God my Father, I pray for the courage to persevere in the midst of difficulty. Strengthen me to walk with You, to hold on to Your promises, and to do what You have called me to do. Empower me to complete the journey You have called upon me; with Your help to save our marriage in which it can be done. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: 1 John 3:21-24 ... You have just passed the half-way mark on this journey in saving your marriage. Take some time to thank God for what He has done thus far and go confidently before the Lord and make your requests known to Him for the remainder of this journey. You might find it helpful to go back and review the "courageous questions" listed at the beginning of this devotional guide.

God Bless - and may He keep you and your family safely under His wings. -
The Dove Alliance