While this post may be a little late to go on live, nevertheless I couldn’t get myself not write it, given the fact that it even fit the theme of this month.
My post today is inspired from 2 Samuel 21. This chapter happened to be my day’s regular scripture portion, completing which left me wondering the reason behind God documenting it for ages to know. The chapter is an intriguing and interesting series of facts, stories and incidents that’s completely irrelevant to the climax of the book of 2 Samuel, a record of David’s life. The story emerges out of the blue, completely in contrast to an obvious closure that the book was running into.
If we were to squeeze the entire chapter in one word, it would be – COVENANT!
I wouldn’t recite the whole story, (and encourage you to read the story yourself), but let me tell you this much that the chapter tracks back to the time when Joshua hadn’t even set a foot in the Promised Land! The chapter is in relation to the made a treaty with the Gibeonites, under utter deception!! There can’t be a better example in the Bible that could give us a picture of how serious God’s is with the subject. This chapter will give the reader a a taste of the possible dangers when there is a breach. Surely He demands uncompromising commitment towards promises made – made between men (leave alone involving God Himself!)
Now if we look at the age we’re in, the ratio of people falling out of love seems to greater than the ratio people falling in love. We are in a time where love is so fickle, materialistic and in God’s language – cold ( Matthew 24: 12). Indeed the divorce rate has never been this high.
Now I am not getting preachy, and do understand the sensitivity of the subject, each divorce has its own reasons, both human and divine. But am talking about the those marriages falling apart without giving itself some (or more?) time, more thought and more good a reason. Neither am I going to say what should be done, or list out a few do’s and don’ts.
But what if we seek hope where there is none, strength where there requires forgiveness, seek the very reason to hang on there!
Indeed, if God requires commitment and sincerity towards a treaty made under deception, how much more would our marriage vows matter to HIM?! It would be nothing less than a sacremental exchange of vows with God as witness! And any voilence of it puts us in a dangerous spot in God’s sight.
So, stick to the covenant made before HIM. Seek hope in a hopeless situation and rest not until you find one. Choose to forgive, and if unable to do so, seek the strength to do so. Get a counselor, give that talk. Get involved, if needed the only one to be. Get God involved because if and when HE does, then impossible is nothing. That’s a certainity.