Friday, March 29, 2013
IS JESUS ENOUGH ?
Today is Good Friday. The day we remember Jesus' death. Usually... our remembrance includes talking about the LOVE it took for Jesus to give His very life in death. Truth is, if we lived a million lifetimes we could never ever understand that kind of love. Never understand it.
Less often, we discuss the obedience it took for Jesus to give His very life in death. I am always encouraged when reading the story in the Bible that when, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus could see and feel and touch and imagine what OBEDIENCE was going to COST HIM - His VERY LIFE - and the PAIN it was going to bring... He said... "Father if it is at all possible... please.. please... please.. Father.. please let this cup pass from Me.." THIS I understand. I understand not wanting to have to GO THROUGH IT... and wanting God to just TAKE IT AWAY.
However, without missing a beat... Jesus said, "NEVERTHELESS.... not My will but....YOUR WILL BE DONE." Ahhhhhhh... and there is the lesson He was teaching to humanity but we fail to see it so often. He wanted God's will MORE THAN He wanted His own.
When it comes to living with a Crash Landing Husband..... or even just a husband who isn't flying the family aircraft safely....
when it comes to the heartbreak it brings....
the INTENSE, IMMENSE, spirit-killing pain and heartbreak -
it is ALWAYS easy to assume that the pain involved with the situation cancels out God's requirement of our obedience... to Him and to His Word.
Let me repeat that:
We often assume - that the pain involved with the situation cancels out God's requirement of our obedience.
It isn't fair. It just isn't fair.
We don't FEEL LIKE forgiving that man who continues.. year after year after year to BREAK OUR heart.
We don't FEEL LIKE praying for Him.. even though Jesus tells us to pray for our enemies and bless those who hurt us.
Jesus had to lay down His life for disobedient people.
Jesus prayed for disobedient people.
Jesus healed disobedient people.
Jesus loves disobedient people.
You and I are prime examples of Jesus loving people who don't deserve it.
Jesus primary example for us to remember on this Resurrection Weekend is that PAIN is no excuse for not submitting to the will of our Heavenly Father.
Yes.. it's painful to pray for a husband who never prays for you. Do it anyway.
Yes.. it's painful to ask God what He might be teaching YOU in this situation. Do it anyway.
Yes...it's painful to pray and it seems like God doesn't answer. Do it anyway.
Yes.. it's painful to ask God to forgive you for the unforgiving heart your husband has created. Do it anyway.
Get your eyes OFF your husband's imperfection and on to the perfection of your Heavenly Groom... Jesus.
God has given you Jesus. Betrothed you in marriage to HIS ONLY SON. GOD - ALMIGHTY GOD - has given you JESUS.. ALMIGHTY JESUS.
All the victories Jesus won. All the power Jesus has. All the perfection Jesus has. He has given us Jesus future instead of our own. Everything about Jesus is everything about us. About you.
The question is... "Is Jesus enough?".
"Is Jesus enough for me?"
"If I lost everything on earth - would having Jesus be enough to hold me steady?"
"Can I have joy with just having Jesus?"
Is Jesus enough? Is the fact that He died and resurrected enough?
If your honest answer is "not really"... then... you have found the source of your discontent.
IF YOU CARE MORE ABOUT THE FACT THAT YOUR HUSBAND DOESN'T LOVE YOU
THAN YOU DO
ABOUT THE FACT THAT JESUS DOES......
You have found the root and foundational flaw in your attempt to find the answer to the question of how to deal with a crash landing husband.
HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY.
I LOVE YOU,