Life is challenging. Marriage is beautiful, but it's not always easy. If it was easy, the divorce rate wouldn't be as high as it is. Here's a heartbreaking statistic: "About 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher."
As I started to look at the many reasons that couples are choosing divorce, I saw a loss of hope, and fear of the future.
Can we get past this? Do we want to get past this? What will my life look like 10 years from now? Is there someone better for me? I'm tired of trying. I want to give up. I'm getting old, I don't want to waste my future. I wish I stayed single. I've lost all hope for this marriage.
I'm reminded of the Israelites who wandered in the desert for 40 years. All of the grumbling and griping they did reminds me of the many complaints that I've had over the course of my marriage.
Remember how they wished they were back in Egypt? How many people wish they were single again? How quickly we forget how much that we longed for the married life.
Marriage is a journey. It's not a destination. We’re on our way to much better things than this life has to offer, but we're fighting a battle.
"Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief." (Hebrews 4:11)
We start here, today, by entering into His rest by grace through Jesus Christ, but there remains an eternal rest for all who believe on His name.
Too many give up because of the struggles they’re facing. Financial strain, a distant spouse, lack of romance, lust, boredom, loneliness, and pride are just a few of the giants looming before us.