We are always in a rush. We ask God to change somebody else, and then we tell God “do it now”! lol. I laugh because I’ve prayed the same “do it now” prayer. Please understand that I know God is able to do it in an instant. He’s worked plenty of miracles right before our eyes. But what does it mean when you are praying for your spouse to change, or the marital situation to change and it doesn’t happen right away? Consider this;
- God has two parties he is saving and changing. That is you, and your spouse. We’ll you say “why me? I’m not the one doing anything wrong.” This may be true, but that does not mean God does not want you to grow from this experience. Romans 5:3 says We glory in our suffering because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance produces proven character,and proven character produces hope and hope (faith) does not put us to shame. So God is shaping you. Making you a better person because of your suffering.
- God has entrusted you to let your light shine so that men might see your good deeds and then glorify the father. My testimony speaks well of my character, my character speaks well of my hope in God, and because of my hope in God I can witness to others and we can glorify God together for what he has done in our lives.
- You may very well be, the one source of prayer, the one source of hope for your spouse to see Jesus. Present Jesus to your spouse. Not by oiling him/her down, or speaking in tongues every time you come in contact with each other. But by your countenance, your attitude, your non judgmental acceptance of them.
Finally 2 Peter 3:9 says- The Lord is not slack concerning his promises as some men count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not wishing that any should perish but all should come to repentance.
Just Be Patient! It’s coming. God has not forgotten about you!