This pain is dragging you down, robbing your joy, aching your heart. No one seems to understand. Maybe they don't even know. You've pleaded with God for deliverance. You put your faith in Him. You've been waiting a long time. Nothing. You are out of options. You have no plays left to run. It looks like game over. But is that what's really going on? Just because you don't know what to do doesn't mean that nothing is happening.
God makes men by showing us how we can believe Him anyway in the face of what seems like impossible circumstances.
James and Brandy both went into their marriage fully intending to build their life together on the rock of Christ. James, who attends the Bible study I teach, told me, "And so it went...at first."
After five carefree years without kids, they started a family with two wonderful children, anticipating that life would only get happier. But in reality the demands of work and the stress of raising children began to take a toll on their marriage. They lost that important feeling of being close to your soul mate. That made it easier to dwell on each other's faults, and so they slowly drifted apart. At the fourteen-year mark, weakened by self-pity over his unhappiness at home, James fell into the arms of another woman. When confronted by friends over his adultery, he said, "I felt like I was being torn in two."
I called three close friends for prayer about an important business meeting. If the meeting went badly it would be financial ruin. If the meeting went well, there would be other problems to solve but I would be okay.