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It's Ok Not to Be Ok- Day 2

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Scripture: Malachi 2:16 NIV The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the Lord Almighty. “So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful.”

Malachi 2:26 NASB “For I hate divorce,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “and him who covers his garment with wrong.”  Says the Lord of Hosts.  “So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.”

Devotional: Today we are taking a look at two differing translations of the same passage of Scripture regarding divorce.  It’s a bit perplexing the differences in which these are translated, but it’s fairly easy to be able to see God’s heart in the midst of this passage:  God hates divorce because of the violence it does to a person in the midst of what should be a loving and protective covenant.  The marriage covenant is sacred, and when it is broken, no one comes out unscathed.  And that grieves God’s heart. 

If you have been impacted by divorce, either by going through it yourself, or being affected second hand, you know the pain of it.  You understand the brokenness that results and how the ripples of that go out for a lifetime.

Reflect:

  • Reflect upon your own experience with divorce. How has the pain of it impacted you?  Pray for healing for yourself and others that were involved. 

It's Ok Not to Be Ok- Day 1

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Scripture: Psalm 88:1-4, 13  Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death. I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like one without strength…But I cry to you for help, Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you.

Devotional: As you read the words to today’s Scripture, can you relate to the feelings the psalmist is expressing?  If so, you may have experienced the pain of a broken relationship. Whether from divorce, death, or estrangement, the resulting despair and pain can seemingly draw you down to such a place of darkness that you wonder if you will survive.  It’s a place where you most certainly are not OK.

What do you do in the midst of this darkness? Reality is, this kind of pain does not pass easily or quickly.  But twice, we see what is needed to survive this agony:  cry out to God.  Day and night, cry out to God.  When you’re not OK, let God be your strength.  Psalm 18:2 says, “The Lord is my Rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” He is that thing that you can hold onto when all else is drawing you downward and threatening to bury you. 

Keep in mind that it may be awhile before you feel OK.  But in the midst of your troubles, God can be the One that holds you securely in His hand until the raging storm passes.  Will you cry out Him?

Reflect:

  • Consider a time when you’ve walked through the kind of trouble that this psalmist writes about. Perhaps you’re even walking through it now.  Despite the cause of this trouble, God loves you, and when you call out to Him, He will answer.  Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for His ever present help in times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1)

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