[Review Part One]
“I expected her to be appreciative and say so,” he answered. “What I told her was a really hard thing… for me, anyway.”
“So you felt you were being vulnerable, is that it?” the counselor offered.
Jessup sipped his coffee with his eyebrows raised, “Yeah, in a way, I did. I trust her to have the biggest part of everything; not just of me, but of everything I own. I mean, shouldn’t a husband do that for a wife if he loves her?”
The counselor looked up from his notes, sympathetically.
“Jessup, when you have a serious relationship with the Lord like your wife, your focus is not on the things of the earth. The main thing… the main Person in your life is Him. Can you understand that?”
The new husband put his coffee cup down. “In spiritual things, yes; but this is about our marriage. In the things about marriage, I thought it was God Who said that the husband belongs to the wife and the wife belongs to the husband. Is that not true? It was all I was saying to her.”
The counselor scooted forward and said, “Yes, as it pertains to sexual relations and intimacy, man and wife do belong to each other, Jessup. But you didn’t specify any of that. I hope you’re not saying this now just to make more sense to me. I hope you realize your wife is simply saying God has total charge of your lives in every area, and it’s only by His permission that your bodies are given to one another in matters of intimacy. Actual ownership of everything you two are belongs to God. That’s what she is saying.”
Jessup crossed his legs and slumped slightly in his chair. “So are you saying I shouldn’t love her this much, or want her to love me in return like that? Are you saying there should be limits or boundaries to how much I love my wife?”
(TO BE CONTINUED…)
God will call you out of one life into another; rest assured. Be not dismayed if your emotions are suddenly calmed and so is your circumstance. Trusting in God always pays off.
The Lord looks on the condition of our hearts as it pertains to our emotional well-being far more than we realize. He knows that, if we are afraid or discouraged or discomfited, we will have a very hard time coming into His destiny for us. He does not want us ignorant or devoid of His trust. He does not want us focusing on the ways of this world, either.
Children, don’t be discouraged if “the world” doesn’t know your name.
Seek to “be known” by Heaven rather than earth. The God of all flesh never forgets, will always forgive, and His knowing of you will be proclaimed before all when you pass from death into new life.
Seek to be known by God.
Let Him bring you, joyously, from this life into another; His call on you won’t be misunderstood by those who have tasted life eternal, for He has called them, too. He will bring you out of Egypt into the Promised land; rest assured. Be not dismayed when you must get your house in order to leave behind the places which no longer hold your focus. Leave and be grateful for what He’s given you. Let the sunshine of God’s future rest upon your face. Don’t be afraid, dear children…
Trusting in God always pays off.