Interactive Devotion for Couples Day 2: Invite God Into Your Storms
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. (Isaiah 43:2, ESV)
I am ashamed to admit that I have often prayed to God for help during a particular crisis and then was surprised when He actually answered my prayer. Maybe you can relate and also feel the shame of selling Him short, forgetting His great power and faithfulness in the midst of a deep need.
Dear friends, we can pray with confidence when we enter His presence; in fact, He asks that we come boldly before the throne of grace. If you’re walking through a storm today, or have in the past, you likely prayed for God’s help to make it through. When we ask for His presence, peace, and help, we can be assured that not only will He be with us but He’ll make us feel His comforting presence in a very real way.
God allows storms in our lives because we live in a world that is broken. Storms sometimes come because of sin, but they also come to mold us and make us more like Jesus. The best news is this: He won’t leave us alone to try to manage them on our own. When your marriage is in trouble, God longs to be your Source of help, comfort and guidance. He wants you to learn to lean on Him and trust Him, even when it seems you’re in an impossible situation. He is in the middle of all that we do, and longs for us to simply lean on Him and trust Him to bring us through. Storms don’t scare Him—He is our all-powerful God. We need Him every day, but we desperately need to rely on Him in times of crisis. If you’ve been tempted to run from Him when faced with difficult situations, I urge you to turn around and change direction. He wants you to come to Him with every thought and every need. The path away will only lead to greater pain and heartache. Trust today that He will always be there when You need Him most—and even when you think you don’t. Thank God together for His faithfulness through each day and every situation in your lives.
You and Me:
Are there any areas you are dealing with together right now that would be considered a storm?
When have you witnessed God’s presence in a crisis situation?
Which storm would you say is the hardest you’ve faced in your relationship?
Have you tried to face a storm without Him? How did that go?