"Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits and then complain that he's not the man she married?" —Barbra Streisand
Farmers are scared to death of locusts. A single swarm can cover over 100 square miles and might contain hundreds of millions of ravenous insects that can totally strip land of plant life. The most recent major infestation was in 1915 near Jerusalem—a place where it's difficult to grow food in the best of circumstances. When an enormous swarm of locusts swept through, it caused a major famine, devastated the population and left a wasteland void of all hope.
Right before marriage blooms into what it's supposed to be, most (if not all) of us come right to the edge of hopelessness. I know. I was there. My wife and I felt bitter anger towards each other, so much that we wished we could be done. Had we not burned the bridge of divorce, it might have been a legitimate option on our list.
In the Batman sequel, "The Dark Night", Harvey Dent said, "The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming." Let me say the same thing. If you feel that you are at the end of your marriage, if you've gone to the way of your flesh, or if you look across the table at night saying, "I don't even like you anymore." You're right on the doorstep of what God has for you. Don't give up now. Reach for the
promises of God.
"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." —Isaiah 26:3
"I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten." —Joel 2:25
It's a beautiful image! If your marriage is like that utter wasteland, God says, "You see that devastation? I will restore everything that is lost. I will bring it back to life, new life in Me."
God, in the midst of these troubles, I trust in You and You alone. Heal my heart and give me hope for my relationship. I fix my hope on You, focus my mind on You, and depend on You to live through me so that I can walk in Your Spirit today. Amen.
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