Jer 3:7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.
Jer 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
Hi all, today I am going to walk out into deep waters and hope I can swim. The waters are deep because among all of the disputed and misunderstood doctrines in the Christian Church, this is not one of them but should be, due to huge misunderstandings . Many of you will get upset with this truism; God has had a divorce. Don't believe it then check out the passage above and this passage:
Isa_50:1 Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.
God Has Had A Divorce! So why do some of us Christians look down our noses at people who have had divorces as if they are not Christians or they are some kind of sub-standard Christian? Would you look down at God or consider Him some kind of sub-standard god? Then why do you do it to a fellow, imperfect human being who you are commanded to Love as much as God and yourself.
We do it because we are imperfect human beings and even though we have the Holy Ghost living in us, we still have to listen to Him and hear what He says, not what we want to hear, but what He says. That is also why the whole council of God, in other words the Bible from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation is must know data to the real Christian. It is also the reason the Lord had directed me to write the book "Yahweh The God Who Speaks and How to Hear Him".
If a man or women is divorced should we hold that against them if they seek to teach in our fellowships? Depends, what is going on in their life today? Have they grown from the experience, accepted Gods forgiveness and turned their free time to serving the Lord or are they still trying to primarily serve themselves and their ego? That is why deep prayer and meditation on the part of leadership (deacons and elders) is necessary for filling any position in the church. It is much better to leave that position unfilled than to fill it with the wrong person, not to mention God may be testing the leaderships faith and humility.
I have been divorced, twice. It causes me great anxiety in serving the Lord in the way that I do, I know my ego, my pride and fear was responsible for my making the bad and wrong choices I did in both marriages. That past is still haunting me in both a good way and and a bad way. It is why taking self inventory of my character and present circumstances, has become a way of life for me, I have written about this in the books "Ten Commandments a Guide to Holiness" which you can find as a free download on this site.
God divorced Israel because no matter how many times he warned them that their behavior was in violation of His marriage contract with Him, they not only refused to change they became even worse. Gods loving-kindness was taxed into a state of " I have had it, I have had enough, no matter what I do these people will not respect me they will not return my Love, I am done, here is your divorce, goodbye". Many of us can relate to this.
It is important that we be extremely careful not to jump to this conclusion lightly, God didn't. He forgave Israels transgressions over and over and over again and again, for a very long time from the Exodus to the Babylonian captivity, not sure how many years that is, but it was a long time. Israel refused to fully enter into the relationship God had planned for them. Many of us can relate to that too. You see a successful relationship requires two people trying to achieve the same goals as a couple, or at least that is what I believe and have seen in the Bible example of God and Israel, I have never had the pleasure of having a truly successful relationship, and that is why I am writing this blog post this day, my third wife of now 16 years keeps saying she wants a divorce.
My inventory's have reveled she has many rightful complaints against me. I have done my best to repent from those wrongs but that repentance has been insufficient for her. And, no matter how much I have relied on the Holy Spirit the fighting and bickering has gotten steadily worse. I have made it a practice to not rely on my judgment alone, and that is one of her biggest complaints against me, I talk to others about my relationship with her.
I began looking for solutions on the net as well as my Bible and I had a new realization, sometimes it's not me, sometimes a relationship can not heal because one party keeps opening the same wound over and over again, and sometimes that is not me and sometimes I did not cause the wound but am being blamed for it. That has been hard to accept because if it is me I can change it with the help of our God and Father through Jesus my Savior, but if its her and since she does not know our Savior (that's another story, you know the Devil didn't destroys Job's wife for a reason, right?) I cant, I and the Lord are powerless to change this situation.
I am writing this because I have allowed it to influence my calling. Jesus called me to write for Him and about my relationship with Him, I have amends to make to the Holly Spirit because in spite of His prompting I have refused to write until He fixes my marriage. He can not fix it, she is outside of His direct influence and He will never violate a human beings will. He can and will influence circumstances to the point that the person may seek to enter His Kingdom but until they do He has no ability to fix anything, it is not because he cant it is because He, in the Garden gave us the authority over human affairs and unlike the Devil, He has a covenant with us that prevents Him from violating our will, because He Love Us.
I have not given up, nor am I seeking divorce. I will not allow Lucifer to cause me to doubt my God, I believe that God can and will win this battle as I know He will win the war.
Please ask the Lord to grant me the strength I need to keep moving forward in His Kingdom and help to prepare His soldiers to fight the battles each of us must fight to fully enter in to His Kingdom. Battles both with the enemy and with the enemy within.
May God the Father of all, Bless and Keep You.