“But the Lord asked Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Can I really have a baby when I’m old?’ Is anything impossible for the Lord? At the appointed time I will come back to you, and in about a year she will have a son.” Sarah denied it. “I did not laugh,” she said, because she was afraid. But he replied, “No, you did laugh.”” (Genesis 18:13–15, CSB)
Is anything impossible for the Lord? Our problems in marriage can seem to be greater than we can ever overcome. What will we do when we need is a giant-killer but we are even afraid of mice! Should we “cut and run” or be brave (whatever that is) and stand our ground hoping for something better to soon happen.
As the wife, the helper, you can do a lot to influence and change the course of your future together. As a partner “corresponding to him,” (Genesis 2:20, CSB) you have the ability to lift and turn the heart of your man toward the Almighty in those tough times. It is your encouragements that fuel His faith. As Solomon reminds us: “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9–10, CSB)
However, when doubt comes in, it seems to darken all hopes and dreams. Doubt eats away at the impossible, seeing only what’s possible. Doubt tells us what can be, not what should be. When faith flees, hope exits. We feel confined and consigned to deal with so much less when our belief turns to dust. Truly the “super” leaves and all we’re left with is the “natural” as our days drag into months and years without the touch of God.
Sarah struggled with the real, every day, the here and now. She didn’t have the eyes of faith to see that while she had stepped into the routine, God lives in the miraculous! While Sarah’s post-menopausal condition changed her faith, God is looking for those whose faith changes their conditions.
Are you the wife that changes the conditions of the surroundings in your marriage? Do you come to the table with a faith that knows God can and will change things? What bigger things is God leading you to trust Him for? How will your faith change your future as a couple, a family, a neighborhood, a church, and a community?
Magnificent Marriage Mondays are helpful hints, clues, ideas, and solutions for the child of God who is looking for a spouse, in a relationship with someone, or are already married. Each post seeks to bring help, hope, and honesty to your life and make the rest of your life, the best of your life. They are written by Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, Executive Director of Eagles In Leadership, and come from his 38 years, 5 months and 2 days experience with his wife, Melodee, who was promoted to Heaven on November 11, 2017. He is currently seeking God’s will for his new life partner. He welcomes your comments below.