23 Jan Hope in Your Marriage
The Color of Marriage Devotional
Today’s Devotion – Hope in your Marriage
We start today’s devotion with a passage of scripture about hope, it could very well be speaking of the “hope” in your marriage.
Romans 8:24-25 – 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. (NKJV)
How do you “hope” for the best when you see the worst? How do you “hope” that things will change in your day-to-day circumstances, when days, months, and years go by with no improvement? How do you have “hope” in your marriage, when you see your spouse’s failures day after day or time after time? “Hope” is not about our ability to change our spouse, but God’s authority and power over life’s circumstances. Your submission to God’s Word, is the mechanism that creates change in your spouse, your situation and brings “hope” in your marriage.
Can you have “hope” without faith?
Hebrews 11:11 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (NKJV)
God has a plan for your marriage, sometimes we cannot see it in our present state. At times God will give us a vision or a glimpse of His plan and at other times we must have “faith” in Christ Jesus, “Hoping” for the best. The “hope” that we should possess is in His sovereign plan, not our own plan. Seek Christ Jesus’s wisdom and strength to endure life’s trials with rejoicing.
John 16: 22 – Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you. (NKJV)
“Hope” is waiting with anticipation that something will occur. “Hope” is an action! My hopes are built on God’s action plan. God is BIG enough to handle your marriage. If He could form the earth and the sky, why can’t He form a new bond of love between you and your spouse and bring “hope” in your marriage? It took me sometime to understand that our only “hope” is in Christ Jesus’s plan for our lives. His plan is perfect, we need only to believe that it can be done.
Lord Jesus, give me hope and belief in the power of your Word, when I can’t see you in the daily circumstances of life. At times I feel just like the father whose child was in pain, I need “HOPE” in you to “help my unbelief.”
Key Passage of scripture:
Mark 9:23-24 – 23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (NKJV)
God will meet you at your point of need. Just don’t give up “HOPE.”
Next steps to take:
You and your spouse should get a sheet or more of paper and write down the things that you are losing hope over in your marriage. Share what you wrote with each other with the promise of no judgement and hostile responses. Pray about what you wrote and ask God about, what to do with your hopeless situations. On the other hand, if you don’t have any hopeless situations in your marriage, praise God and continue working on keeping hope in your marriage.
We are here to help, we offer online Christian Marriage Counseling that will help you and your spouse with reestablishing hope in your marriage, especially if your hopeless comes from infidelity or any other situation related to broken trust.