A few years ago, I had a rather heated discussion with someone about whether or not a good God allowed bad things to happen.
I believe He does. If He doesn’t, then He’s pretty small. I need to believe that the Creator of the Universe loves me enough to teach me things – sometimes the hard way because of my own stubborn pride – and that He has the power to stop or change my circumstances at any moment.
We forget this when we think about our marriages. We tell our little girls that “God has a husband out there for you,” and we start praying for this man with her, instead of remembering the Truth in 1 Corinthians 7, where marriage is encouraged for those who burn with passion, but heads up, if you DO marry, you’ll have a lot more trouble than those who don’t…
And we turn our pursuit of obedience to the Word into something to “make our lives work,” almost prosperity gospel-style, where obedience is designed to bring riches – or marital bliss.
I love World Challenge and how Gary Wilkerson talks about living in the pit today. It’s a great piece of perspective as we consider WHY we would do The Respect Dare Challenge.
We’ll get started this week, working our way through The Respect Dare book together. There may be a few bloggers joining us on the journey, but before we even begin, I want us to think about our motives. Don’t forget the warning in James 4:3 – and I dare you this morning to begin by questioning your own motives about why you want to learn to respect your husband. Double dog dare you to comment, share or subscribe to the blog and join us on this journey.
Are you obeying the Word to bring glory to God? Or are your motives to make your life work? Not saying that both might not be achieved, but where’s YOUR heart this day? WHY are YOU on this journey? I confess, years ago, I was in the wrong place.
Love to you,