Posted by: Derek Guyer | October 21, 2008

The Way

Last evening, Lisa and I counseled with a woman, who we’ll call Susan, about her failing marriage. Susan has been talking with us for the last several months about some incredibly difficult circumstances with her husband and searching for guidance on how to handle them. Lisa and I have both been very moved by her willingness to submit to the will of God despite the severity of the situation. She’s in a very difficult position and no matter how hard it gets, she eventually turns back to the word of God for the Light. She knows she’s surrounded by darkness and desperately needs a light for her path and has found it in Christ Jesus. Her husband can’t see past the woman she used to be or the man he’s trying to be now.

Unfortunately, her attitude isn’t something very many people experience any more. Very few people look to the word of God or God himself for guidance. As I once heard a man say, “we all have our own way to God and we need to respect each other’s beliefs”. That seems to be the great plague destroying genuine faith in God. I’ll believe what I want, and you believe what you want. Feels good, doesn’t it? Sadly, it’s not what God said. Instead of trying to explain it, I’ll just let Jesus speak for himself:

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.”

John 14:6-7

If you already know this statement to be truth, then you understand your need for Him. You understand that in Jesus was the life and that life was the light of men. That light is how you see the way. There is a way. It’s not a man’s way, though. It’s the way. After all, we’ve seen what happens when men think they know how to make it work. They fail.

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”

Proverbs 14:12

Fortunately, we don’t not have to come up with God’s will for us and our homes on our own. Neither does Susan. No, Susan knows God has a perfect will about how her home is supposed to look, feel, and function. It’s not just some pretty good ideas. It’s the way. Susan is fighting for God’s way in her home. If only a few more people were doing the same thing. Susan will never be perfect and neither will you or I. But, she does know the one who is and she’s patterning herself after Him. What about you? 

I trust the word of God for how I live, because I believe it’s capable of transforming me. It changes me from within by renewing my mind.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

II Timothy 3:16-17

If you want a marriage that pleases God, then seek God’s word for how to make it pleasing. If you can’t reconcile your problems, empty yourself as Christ did and pursue righteousness. If you want answers, read the Bible. Then, love your wife like Christ loved the church. Respect your husband as Sarah did Abraham. Do it His way and you will find the peace that goes far beyond all understanding. After all, He is the way the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father, except through Him.

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