And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
Sometimes, pride can keep us from achieving our purpose. We get comfortable in our gifts and talents and start believing in our own ability instead of the favor and mercy of God that has given it to us. God humbles and tests us in our seasons to cleanse us from impurities in our heart. When we are married, we must be humbled and let God lead us through every season. We must submit to one another, but put our trust in God. We can’t put our trust in ourselves or in each other. Without God, we will ultimately fail each other. When we come into the seasons of abundance, we need to remember how God led us through them.
Psalm 111:3-5 (NKJV)
3 His work is honorable and glorious, And His righteousness endures forever.
4 He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
5 He has given food to those who fear Him;
He will ever be mindful of His covenant.
God takes care of us and remembers all of His promises towards us. Just as He is gracious and full of compassion towards us, we are to show the same towards our spouse. God is mindful of His relationship with us. We also need to be mindful of our relationship with Him and the covenant we made with our spouse before Him. In our marriage vows we clearly promise to love through all the different seasons that life may bring. Just as God loves us unconditionally, so should our love be towards our spouse. We don’t have to like everything that they do, but we must contend together to get through the hard times.
Isaiah 43:25-26 (NKJV)
25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;
And I will not remember your sins.
26 Put Me in remembrance;
Let us contend together;
State your case, that you may be acquitted.
God forgives our sins. He wants us to bring them to Him and repent so that He may forgive. Love holds no record of wrongs. When God forgives, He doesn’t hold it against us. When we forgive our spouse, we cannot keep bringing it back up. We have to move forward and praise God for bringing us out and restoring us.
A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
Every season that God brings us through holds a purpose. The wilderness or dry seasons are the pregnancy seasons. We must trust what God is doing and continue to feed our purpose with His Word. We have to let Him cleanse us and prepare us for the pain of giving birth. Most times, the hardest times are right before our breakthrough. It’s important to stick it out and get through the labor so that we may experience the beauty of the end result. When we receive His promise, the joy will make us forget the pain while remembering how God brought us through!
“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Once we come into our promise, we must always remember that it was Him that brought us out. When we remember God in everything we do, He will give us power to get wealth in every area of our lives. We want to be wealthy in our marriage. Full of love, understanding, wisdom, and compassion. We want to be wealthy in unity, mercy and forgiveness towards one another. We want to be wealthy in our purpose and be a blessing towards others. Wealth is a spirit and lifestyle that gives God glory and draws others towards Him. It breaks the spirit of poverty and brokenness and brings fullness and wholeness that comes from trusting in Him.
I encourage you today to not give up. Ask God what the purpose of your season is. Commit to humbling yourself and making it to the birthing process of your season. Your marriage is called to be wealthy. Abundance is your portion. Get ready to give birth!
Father, we thank you that You are mindful of our covenant. Forgive us for not remembering all that You have done for us. We commit our marriage to You and trust that You have plans to prosper us. Help us contend together to reach the promise. Give us strength to endure the hard seasons and humility to remember You during seasons of abundance. Above all help us love unconditionally and give You glory. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!