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When one's life is disrupted, one of
the hardest things to do is to wait. This is particularly true when
one's spouse has left him. The traumatic impact of that event usually
spurs a person into frantic action. Fears, anger, threats, pleas,
promises, justifications, demonstrations, suspicions, confusions,
manipulations, intimidations--the human soul goes into overdrive.
Yet to wait on the Lord is the best
course of action. In Hebrew, to wait means to twist or bind oneself fast
to God and thus draw on His strength and endurance. In English, it means
"to stay or rest in expectation; to stop or remain stationary, till the
arrival of some person or event." Thus by waiting, one positions himself
to receive the lovingkindness and redemption of God.
Psalm 130 says:
I wait for the
Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope. My soul waits for
the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; indeed, more than the
watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord
there is lovingkindness, and with Him is abundant redemption. And He
will redeem Israel from all his iniquities (Psalm 130:5-8 NASV).
A marital separation is a time to
regroup and find out what God is saying. It is a time to face the
destructive ways of one's self life and to humble oneself so that God
may work understanding, conviction, repentance, and reconciliation.
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