Monday, 6 September 2010

If God Can Change Nineveh

Francis Chan was reflecting on the Book of Jonah. He was taken by the miraculous change of heart that came about in the city of Nineveh on the very first day that Jonah delivered his message. The bottom line is “with God all things are possible.”

Perhaps you and your husband/wife are struggling. You are staying together but living parallel lives. The spark that once existed between the two of you has gone out. You are civil to one another most of the time, as for intimacy it is a thing of the past. You may have lost hope that things would be any different. This is not the life that God intended for you.

The king of Nineveh urged his people to “call urgently on the Lord” and the Lord “had compassion on them”, and He will have compassion on you. The people of Nineveh were called upon to repent. This is a good place to start. Pour your heart out to God; ask him to forgive you for those areas where you have failed to be the husband/wife that God has called you to be. Be very specific. The next step is for you to go to your husband/wife and ask them to forgive you, again be very specific. This will most likely be one of the most difficult things that you have ever done but it may very well be the beginning of God’s redemptive process for your marriage.

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