Has your marriage been tested lately? The devil is always seeking to destroy everything that is good like marriage. Rest assured that he will not be able to do anything to you without God’s approval. In the spiritual realm a test is anything that tries your faith. Thank God for sending the Bible to train us in the things of Him. We should be encouraged to know that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2Tim.3:16) The word of God tells us that in this life we will have some trials and tribulations. Expect to encounter various tests in your marriage.
One of the greatest tests of our faith was when our first daughter Imani was born. Shortly after birth she was diagnosed with a rare genetic skin disorder called Ichthyosis. While in the hospital the doctors came to us and informed us that my husband and I probably had the gene that caused this disorder to appear in our daughter. Although neither of us had ever heard of this disorder nor been diagnosed with it we quickly became alarmed as they informed us of the ramifications of what this would mean for our daughter and any future children that we might have.
My daughter’s skin was very dry and scaly. We were told that she would likely be in and out of the hospital throughout her life and that she would be susceptible to a variety of infections. Imani was seen by a specialist that conducted a biopsy. The biopsy later confirmed that she did indeed have Ichthyosis. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!! My faith was being tested. I was discouraged and angered. I didn’t understand how something like that could happen to me. I wanted answers…….
I cried, and I cried, and I cried day after day as I watched my daughter’s skin peel and become drier than the day before. I became depressed as I imagined what her life might be like as she dealt with the disorder. I questioned how God could let this happen and of course I asked, “Why me?” I remember my husband saying, “She doesn’t have Ichthyosis. Just keep applying the ointment on her and stand in agreement with me.” This was a tough pill to swallow because I was the one to get the call that confirmed the diagnosis based upon the test results. However, I stood in faith with the head of my house and believed God for healing and restoration of her skin. I recall applying the ointment and saying out loud, “No weapon formed against my baby will prosper. God is not a God that should lie. Imani is healed by His stripes! ”
To make a long story short Imani was indeed healed by God. Her skin was restored and made whole. By the time we took her in for her 3 month evaluation at the specialist he responded, “I have never in my 22 years seen a case like this before. Her skin looks perfect. Unbelievable!” I smiled at my husband, and he smiled back at me. My heart screamed, “But God…………” Imani (whose name means Faith in Swahili) has never again had any problems with her skin.
This remarkable test was only passed because we stood together as one believing that God could truly do anything. He is not a man that should lie. God is able to heal any areas in your marriage that are broken just like He healed my sweet daughter. I encourage you to stand in agreement with your spouse on any areas in your marriage in which you are being tested. It might be your finances, intimacy, your walk with God, or maybe even your livelihood. No matter what it is God is able to do greater things than what we can ever imagine. He is an awesome God! Trust Him with your dreams for your marriage.
To God be the Glory for all that He will do to restore that which is broken, and make better those things that are whole. I am believing God for you to have marital bliss this year!