There is an old hymn called Standing on the Promises of God. You can find Alan Jackson’s version here. After watching the link it’s easy to come away with a feeling of entitlement and that all of God’s promises are great and effortless.
We don’t sing about hard time promises. Good grief when I used come across them in the Bible, I’d skim over them as quick as possible, barely giving them a second glance, the last thing I wanted to do was the kind of rumination it would take to write a song about them! True fact: When I was a new believer I thought that if you read the Book of Job, too often – you were just inviting trouble into your life. So new and so naïve.
As much as we don’t like it, God does make us some promises we would rather not look at. Here’s one from 1 Corinthians 7:28: Yet those who marry will have physical and earthly troubles, and I would like to spare you that.
Notice Paul doesn’t say, Those who … :
- are good wives will be spared
- respect their husbands will be spared
- read the Bible enough, or memorize every verse, will be spared
- pray enough will be spared
- go to church every Sunday will be spared
On and on it goes. No way around. No ‘brown-nosing’ up to the Teacher with acts of kindness done elsewhere than marriage. No way to avoid what God says. This is how it spoke to me: yet those WHO MARRY WILL HAVE physical and earthly TROUBLES, and I would like to spare you that.
You don’t see this little nugget in the wedding vows do you? It would have been nice if it had of been pointed out.
But since God spoke it in His Word — it becomes a promise. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s be better to see these Words for what they are and be ready accept trials, rather than looking like a deer caught in the headlights when it happens. (1 Peter 4:12)
Be honest about you – you are broken. And about him – you married a broken man; a fallen son of God, and you both live in a broken world. He is going to fall and sin … against you. Handle him with care when he does.
Standing on this promise of earthly troubles in marriage might not bring a bunch of “amens” from people, but I guarantee it will bring blessings from God.
It’s time to regard people less in the light of what they do and more in the light of what they suffer.