September 18, 2015

Messy Marriage

Psalm 77:1-20
In his book, One More Try, Gary Chapman wrote the following regarding David’s cry for God to comfort him in the midst of a great struggle.

As an adult separated from your spouse or struggling to save your marriage, you may
feel that you are indeed walking through the sea in the midst of mighty waters and that
you cannot see the footprints of God. But I assure you, God is vitally concerned about
you and your present state. The words of Jesus, “Come to Me all who are weary and
heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28), are directed to you as surely as
they were directed to those to whom Jesus spoke.

Yes, you are weary from much stress. You are heavy-laden, burdened perhaps with guilt,
anger, hostility, and anxiety. You will notice that Jesus does not ask that you lay the burden
aside and come to Him, but rather that you just come. He has promised to give rest. He has
not asked you to handle your own problems, nor has He promised to take away the problems,
but He has promised rest.”

For those of us who are friends of individuals suffering through marital problems, the best thing we can do for them is to be a place of rest as well. We must respond with compassion and grace.