*Excerpt from Chapter 1 of The Ways of a Warrior Wife
*In the days before GPS devises and cellular phones, when people wanted to travel to a location in groups, they would travel in a caravan. They would entrust one person to lead the way until the destination was reached.
Since there was no way to communicate along the way, the people who were not leading could only follow. If they chose to stop or take a break, they would become separated from the group. It took constant focus, if the person following took their eyes off the lead, they could easily get lost. Committing to follow the Lord can be like this; in order to really “follow” Him, we have to commit to the Lord whatever we do (Proverbs 16:3). If we stop along the way, to listen to others or choose our own way, we will become separated from His lead. Separation can happen in a moment. If we take our eyes off of Him, even just to glance in a different direction, the course can be lost. If we intend to arrive at the destination God has set for us we have to stay focused on Him. Commitment takes trust and focus. We have to remember who is in the lead – we are meant to “follow” Christ no matter what it looks like.
Marriage is also a journey – a scouting out of our own character, a determining of what exactly we are made of and what we truly believe. We can either trust our God or trust ourselves. We can choose to look hard and long at the obstacles that stand in our way, allowing them power to direct our path: past transgressions, selfish behaviors, stubborn pridefulness, infidelity, bankruptcy, and wayward children. The list of obstacles that can derail our marriages is endless, but the same God that took the Israelites into the Promised Land is available to me and you. He is trustworthy and mighty and capable to deliver us in and through our marriages, if we submit ourselves to Him. If we will trust Him, place all that we are into His capable hands, and allow Him to direct our paths, He will refine us, strengthen us and show Himself through us.
Proverbs 16:3 says:
(NLT) Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.
(Amplified Bible) Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].
Commitment is rarely easy. As women of faith, we have to regularly ask ourselves – Are our actions committed to the Lord? Or, do we find ourselves “going our own way” inspire of what we know about God?
Prayer for you today:
Guide our hearts and our ways. Let our walk reflect our commitment to You. Help us to stay rooted in Your truths and attentive to Your will. Help us God to be women and wives who long to honor You with our actions.
In Your Mighty Name, AMEN!