Did you know there is an Ethan in the Bible? Although he's certainly not a household name like David or Paul or John, he's in there! My firstborn is named Ethan and he was delighted to find Psalm 89 which was written by "Ethan the Ezrahite." This Ethan has something to say to the weary spouse or the weary parent. Like us, he needed a dose of hope too. Things weren't going according to plan. Yet the Ethan of the Bible begins his beautiful Psalm by rehearsing the attributes of God and blessings of the believer.
The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it. (Psalm 89:11)
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness. (Psalm 89:15-16)
But then Ethan laments the fact that the king had been defeated in spite of God's promises.
How long, Lord? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your wrath burn like fire? (Psalm 89:46)
Ethan's psalm depicts the age-old tension between the promises of a faithful God and the harsh realities of everyday life. Think of this Psalm as a spouse or as a parent.
You know God has ordained your family and provided everything you need for its success, so then why is it so hard to get along sometimes? Maybe you don't feel like the Lord is supporting you in your marriage. You know intellectually that God reigns over everything but why does He seem to be hiding from you? Why doesn't He intervene in your marriage? If God is on the throne, why aren't you getting along with your teenage son or connecting with your daughter?
[Read the rest of the article at For the Family.]