I’m reading through the One Year Bible this year, and the last book I read was Job. Now I’m about half way through Ecclesiastes, and what a contrast! The first book contains the story of a man who seemingly did everything right yet his world came crashing down all around him–and it all happened in one day! In the midst of such suffering I was struck by his attitude…
And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
(Job 1:21 ESV)
Then when the author of Ecclesiastes, believed to be King Solomon, came to the end of his privileged and successful life, he was filled with cynicism. He declared…
I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.
(Ecclesiastes 1:14 ESV)
These two perspectives can be present in any marriage. You may be facing trouble and difficulty, yet see God’s hand leading you through it. Or you may be like Solomon and wonder if any of it matters at all shaking your fist at God while asking why?
What is the point anyway? We all face trouble. We all get discouraged. We all have doubts if the changes we’re hoping and praying for will ever come. Marriage is hard work. We fight. We disagree. We forget to explain ourselves more completely to where understanding takes place. We have financial decisions that seem impossible to make. We have days where life seems too hard. We’d rather get in the car and drive until the trouble dissipates, only to discover that the trouble has followed us.
I have found myself relating to the writings of Ecclesiastes. Have you? Do you wonder if any of what we do day in and day out matters?
There are two words that change everything, and David used these two words often. I’ve always loved how he was able to honestly pour his heart out to God. He shared his doubts, his fears, his questions and his struggles. And he even sinned greatly against the God he proclaimed to love. Yet, through it all he always came back to the reason it all mattered. Those two words are–But God!
Let’s listen in on a couple of his prayers:
O LORD, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
many are saying of my soul,
there is no salvation for him in God. Selah
But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the LORD,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
(Psalm 3:1-4 ESV)
O Lord, all my longing is before you;
my sighing is not hidden from you.
My heart throbs; my strength fails me,
and the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.
My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague,
and my nearest kin stand far off.
Those who seek my life lay their snares;
those who seek my hurt speak of ruin
and meditate treachery all day long.
But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear,
like a mute man who does not open his mouth.
I have become like a man who does not hear,
and in whose mouth are no rebukes.
But for you, O LORD, do I wait;
it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
For I said, “Only let them not rejoice over me,
who boast against me when my foot slips!”
(Psalm 38:9-16 ESV)
In what ways are you waiting on God to answer the cries of your heart?
Won’t you share your request with us so we can together pray for God to deliver you? He hears our cries, and it is He alone who is mighty to save. Do you believe this? Or have you forgotten in the midst of the pain. We want to remind you of the Truth of the Gospel. Christ came to save us from ourselves. He came that we might have eternal life. And He desires to make your marriage one that glorifies Him no matter what you are currently facing.