Opening Thoughts

This devotional is different than previous ones because it is what God has put on my heart to write lately. As usual I am hesitant but I must write what God has told me to. This will be a series (and I don't know how long of one) both for the single and married. It is my prayer that you find something encouraging and inspirational within.

So here for your viewing pleasure, are my thoughts on True Godly Love between a Man and a Woman given to you in small love potion sized doses…

Love Potion #1 – God’s Gift

                The very first and most important thing I can tell you about love, is to LET GOD CHOOSE. There are so many people, so wanting of a relationship that they are quick to go with anyone. And they wind up hurting and heartbroken and often bitter. Let God choose. Remember that God made Eve FOR Adam. Which means God made her especially for him. Equally yoked. Of course, God did not make her PERFECT, but she was the perfect fit for Adam. And no they didn’t have the ‘happily ever after perfect life’ (they got chucked out of Eden for goodness sake!) but they stuck with each other and loved each other regardless.
                Think about it, God knows us better than we know ourselves (no matter how hard we deny it) and He always has our best interests at heart, so wouldn’t it be logical that He would know the best person for us? And, let God do it in His OWN TIME. (You will find in other potions that this is often the hardest part, as His timing is often seemingly the SLOWEST process.) When there is delay, trust that God is working on you AND them, so that your union is nothing short of ‘meant to be’.
                When God was placing this on my heart, “Rachel and Leah” kept coming to my mind. So I went to look it up and when I read through how Jacob met them and chose her, there is no mention that he ever prayed to God beforehand. And there was a lot of trouble that came with his wives. God stepped in later on, in Leah’s behalf, but it was never the type of marriage God intended. Then when I looked at Isaac and Rebekah, Abraham’s servant was sent to find Isaac a wife and that servant continuously prayed to God for help. And God answered his prayers.

Genesis 24:50-51 Laban and Bethuel answered, “This is from the Lord; we can say nothing to you one way or the other.  Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has directed. ” which is drastically different to what Laban said to Jacob in Genesis 29:26-27 when he asked for Rachel: Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work. ”

            In the first instance, Laban recognized God was in control and did not go against what was being done. In the second case, he deceived Jacob and enforced his own customs and traditions in order to make the outcome what he wanted, with no regards to God. In essence, when we do not put God in charge of who we choose, we can’t complain about any of the struggles and hardships that come from the decisions that we make. God can pave the way for us, softening the hearts of those we need to come in contact with, and preparing the outcome for us.
This means you have to BE OPEN. Don’t limit yourself on age, race, looks, or any of those superficial things (what they drive, how much they make, etc…). Sure you can pray for things you would like in them, but ultimately leave God free to do His good work. Else you may find yourself passing up your ‘God Send’ because they didn’t meet one of your ‘checklist’ items. Take it completely out of your hands and put into the hands that cannot fail. God’s hands.
And finally STAY COMMITTED. When God gives you someone, don’t doubt Him.

Genesis 24:66-67 - Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

            Isaac had never spent even one day with Rebekah before he married her. But he trusted that God had given him to her and he acted on that trust. He didn’t worry about what other people would say or think. And then he loved her.  Imagine, for example, marrying someone you never met, or with today’s society, someone ‘online’? People go nuts with speculations and negativity and think you are utterly crazy. But when God moves, it normally is in a way that contradicts what society feels ‘should’ be.
             We can’t be people who profess what God has given us one day, and then doubt it the next. We become people who are unstable in all our ways. Once God has told you, stand firm and walk in it knowing that God doesn’t make mistakes. No matter what other people may say or think: Speak it. Live it. Cast out fear and be committed to it.

But isn’t this how we should be in every area of our lives?

           I have examples in my life of Godly women and men whom God said to them “This is going to be your husband/wife in time.” and they have never once faltered in believing what God given them. Even though the road to the ‘happily ever after’ is a long one and for some God has said “It is not going to be easy” but they still speak it, walk in it, and claim the victory even though they aren’t at that finish line yet.
And God is working tremendously in their favor for it. 

Till Next Time
God Bless
Amanda of AstriaLegends

Comments (2)

On September 3, 2012 at 8:37 AM , bananaorangeapple said...

very good advice.

 
On September 4, 2012 at 7:45 AM , Joyce Butler said...

Very profound message. This not only applies to marriage but in all we do for God. Last Sunday's message was let God by your driver.