Divorce: When The Odds Are Against You
- Linda S. Mintle, Ph.D. Author, Psychotherapist
- 2001 16 Jul
I reminded Mary of the story of David and Goliath-remember, bigger army, better battle gear, bigger guy who mocked and taunted the Israelites. Its not just a story for kids. Goliath was a formidable enemy. David should have been minced meat. But he wasnt. Why did David beat the giant? God was on His side.
In II Kings 6, the great Syrian army surrounded the city of Elisha. When Elishas servant saw all the horses and chariots waiting to strike at them, he asked Elisha what they should do. Elishas response was, Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them (NKJV). Elisha saw the enemy, but knew God was on His side. He prayed for his young servant to open his eyes and see the horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha on the mountain.
When you face a difficult situation like Mary, open your eyes to the fact that God is with you. His promise is to be on your side no matter who or what comes against you. God has given angels charge over you. Believe that God is present and on your side. If He is for us, no one can be against us.
Marys challenge was to stay Godly in her response to her husband. In the natural she wanted to get revenge, expose his lies and ruin his reputation. She had every right. But she chose the armor of God instead of the ways of the world. Instead of anger, revenge and ruin, she chose peace, righteousness, faith and the Word. She knew God would help her even though the odds were against her. She prayed. When she went into court that day, she pictured the angels keeping charge over her. She believed God would be her avenger and that justice would be served.
You can operate in the same confidence as Mary. Be encouraged-God is on your side and will fight your battles for you. Go to him when you feel overwhelmed and need victory. Stand firm on His Word and believe He is there, ready to fight for you.