Several years ago, when I was engaged to Liliane (who became my wife today), she decided to break up our relationship for reasons of her own. This ordeal had left a strong impression on me because I was in love with her and convinced that she was the woman of my life. I had suffered a lot as a result and had tried several times to win back her heart, in vain. In my heart, I held her solely responsible for the situation. I tried several times to bring her back, taking times of prayer to fight the spirits of celibacy or spiritual husbands which, in my opinion, prevented her from realizing that I was the man of her life, to no avail! During all these frustrations and failures, I went into prayer to cry out to God. And that’s when He said, “Mohammed, what if it was you who were wrong in this case?”.
I was perplexed, not understanding why I could be wrong, especially after all these moments of fasting, prayer and evangelism. But when I sought the face of the Lord with all my heart, He revealed to me that I was certainly spiritual (a little too spiritual in this matter) but that I lacked wisdom regarding my relationship with Liliane. I showed her no affection. I wasn’t caring. I never invited her to a restaurant, never offered her flowers, gifts, etc. because for me it was purely carnal. All I was looking for in her was prayer, fasting, commitment to the work of God, etc. The Lord then began to teach me about marriage, how to love a woman, how to be affectionate… When I applied these things, she came back to me, after four years of separation. And then we finally got married!
In certain stubborn situations, the only solution that remains after having made all kinds of prayers (spiritual warfare, praise to bring down the “walls of Jericho” or prayer to move the mountain, fasting, allnights, etc.) is the cry to God!
In Exodus 15:25a, the Bible tells us the story of the people of Israel, who were deprived of a basic need: water. They became thirsty after three days walking in the wilderness and thinking they had found a source of drinking water in Mara, they realized that the water was bitter. It was necessary for Moses to cry out to the Lord for God to point out to him a wood that was used to soften Mara’s water. In my case, I was also deprived of an essential need: marriage. The wood that the Lord had pointed out to me when I cried to Him was to realize that I was the problem, to learn from Him and to correct my attitude.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me”, says David in Psalms 23:4. I don’t know what kind of valley of the shadow of death you are crossing; I don’t know what your essential need is right now: is it marriage, employment, childbirth, health, peace? No matter what it is, know that after you have exhausted all your types of prayers, you still have the cry to God.
“The rod and rebuke give wisdom,” says the Word of God in Proverbs 29:15a. Yes, Beloved, in this time of hard trial of deprivation of an essential need, take a time alone with God and cry out to Him. He will then show you a rod, a specific stick to get you out of your situation: either the staff to get you back on track if your ordeal is due to sin or ignorance; or a rod to give you the wisdom, instruction and guidance necessary to soften “your Mara water”. Hannah, who had no child, cried out to God in her heart and obtained the staff that enabled her to better guide her prayer. She got Samuel, a great source of blessing for Israel (1 Samuel 1:1-18).
Beyond Mara, which is only a water point, God has put in store for you springs of living water, as He did for Israel at Elim (Exodus 15-26-27). From this ordeal of marriage, God brought forth from me hymns and many teachings about family and marriage that touched and blessed many people. When you cry out to God, He will respond to you in a glorious way by making you a source of blessings for many. Cry out to Him and receive your stck!
May God bless you Beloved
”I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill”.
Exodus 15: 25 ,27
”So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, ( …) Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters”.
”I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.(….) This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles”.
”In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears”.
1 Samuel 1:10-11,17
”And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD and wept in anguish. Then she made a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”(…) Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.”
”Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him”.
”Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You”.
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