Monday, 16 September 2013

Is God on the Sidelines?

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

There was an interesting line in a recent Family Life blog that posed the question, “Is Jesus Christ the One who gets the credits in the movie of your life, or is He the plot?”  I interpreted this question to mean does your life play out with little regard to Jesus on a daily basis or is He an integral part of your day?  Does He just show up occasionally and get mentioned in passing or does He provide the filter through which you see all of your life?  Is Christ a bit player in your life’s drama or does He have the leading role?

For some who are born again believers Jesus shows up in the aftermath of a difficult situation, almost as an afterthought a prayer is thrown up asking God for help.  There are those who seek God’s presence daily so that when tribulation comes they lean on Him for strength and to learn from their difficulties.

Over my life time I have probably been in both categories.  Early in my Christian walk in all honestly my faith may have resembled more of a “Hail Mary” type of relationship with Christ.  In football speak a Hail Mary is usually a desperation play called by the quarterback at the end of the game.  It is a pass into the end zone with less than a minute on the clock with the hope of completing the pass and winning the game.  In more recent years I have tried to let Him call each play of the game instead of waiting until I’m in trouble.  I don’t win every game but it is sure easier.

Obviously many couples struggle in their marriage. For such couples, going to a counselor is like the Hail Mary pass, it is a last minute desperate attempt to salvage what appears to be a losing effort.  Even for avowed Christians, God is most often on the bench on the sidelines. He certainly is not on their field of life calling the plays.  Ironically, to continue with the football metaphor, this is like running the ball on every play even though the defensive line of your opponent has stopped you at the line of scrimmage every time.  In the case of marriage the couple keeps behaving and thinking in the same ways that got them into their dilemma to begin with.

So wise guy what’s the solution?  Seek help early in your marriage don’t wait until the end of the game.  Whether it means going to a marriage seminar, reading some of the truly good Christian marriage books together or seeking a Christian marriage counselor.

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