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TO WALK OR STAY - Cherie Zack | Fighting For Your Marriage

A very upset and lonely woman sitting down crying against a wall

I have a friend who is struggling with a situation in her life. The enemy is trying his best to steal, kill, and destroy all that she has. In the midst of this, God is reaching out to her and asking if she will walk in patience with Him. Will she give Him the time needed to turn this around? Will she walk or stay?

We understand patience when the context is to be patient with our loved ones or others. But to be patient with God and waiting for Him to turn things around— sometimes it can feel like God is asking a lot from us, especially when we are looking back as a witness to the destruction of something that was once so promising.

I wonder if this post has found you in a place where God is asking you the same question: “Do you have the strength (patience) to turn to Me and let Me walk you through this?”

One of the most powerful things I have learned in my relationship with God is that my trials tend to unmask my weaknesses. Once my weaknesses are revealed, I am left with a decision to make.

Will I walk away from the person and the situation or can I stand still and let God work to save the relationship?

In my pain and anger, I feel walking away would be the easy decision. After all, I have been hurt by this person and have a right to. Entangled in my thoughts of leaving, I hear God’s voice softly speak to my heart –Walk In GRACE.

The thing I LOVE about God is the fact that He is not demanding. He understands the hurt we are dealing with. He gets that our hearts can only take so much. So He gently asks us, “Will you walk away or can you stand still and wait for Me to turn your situation around?” James tells us why we should consider God’s request:

This you know, my beloved brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
-James 1:19-20

Our anger (though understandable) will not achieve the righteousness God is looking for. He wants to develop Righteousness in our character and will use our trials as the vehicle to strengthen us when we are willing. Standing still means we are willing to not only be patient with Him, it means we are willing to recognize our weaknesses and walk through them -one by one.

Facing our own unrighteousness is tough. Sometimes it reveals where we are wrong in the situation. Facing ourselves means we are putting a Holy mirror in front of us. God’s Holiness reveals the areas we need to change. But God gives strength to those who are willing to wait on Him…

But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
– Isaiah 40:31

God’s Word tells us that if we will wait on the Lord, He will renew our strength. We will mount up with wings like eagles. God spoke to my heart once again as I read this verse. Mounting up with wings is a promise to those of us who choose to walk in patience with Him to the end. The wings represent flight, or an easy flow of things. Once we overcome one of our weaknesses, the road ahead will be so much easier to navigate. Our character is strengthened and our relationship has the chance to turn around, as God is now able to use us as His vessels.

To the one who is reading this post and facing a trial of your own, I ask you the question: Will you walk or will you stand?  I pray you will choose to stand and let God turn your situation around.

Fighting To Save Every Marriage,

~ Cherie Zack