Karmen married young. She met Danny her Sophomore year in high school. She fell head over heels in love with him. Her parents did not approve of the relationship, they felt that he was not good for her, but she would not listen to them. They forbade her to see him so she sneaked out when they were asleep. It was not long before she was pregnant and they had no choice but to allow them to marry.
From the start it was not a good marriage, because the base of the marriage was physical. Kurt had no real love for Karmen, he treated her like his slave. He felt that he was trapped and shortly after the marriage he began to resent her.
Karmen stayed with him many years and for all of those years suffered much abuse. There were six children born. Finally, the abuse that she suffered was so great she could not handle it any more and sought help. It was at this point of brokenness that she divorced Danny, she received Jesus as her Savior and began the process of rebuilding her life and the lives of her children. He walked out of their lives, never looking back.
She worked hard to maintain life for herself and the children. She got help from her parents, when they could, and the church also helped occasionally. As most single mothers know, it is near impossible to parent your children and work at a job outside the home. Something, someone suffers, in this case, the children were left alone with the older siblings as soon as the siblings reached their teen years. Unfortunately, teen-age children do not have the wisdom, to raise children and bad habit patterns were formed.
Karmen would come home tired from work and have to deal with situations that arose during the day. She loves the Lord and is a diligent person; she worked with the kids the best she could, but working to support the children and parenting alone is difficult.
In time, Karmen met a man at church. He was a wonderfully kind man, a good man, and they began to see each other, eventually becoming engaged to be married. The children loved him and all were looking forward to his being their father. But it was not to be, and the engagement was broken. The older children had been moving toward God and looking to Him, but when this happened they turned from God in anger.
Sometime later, Karmen met Kurt. It seemed an ideal match. Kurt loved the Lord and was a worshiper, as she was. Both of them were divorced. His wife had an affair and no longer wanted to be married to him. They began to see each other and soon were engaged. The wedding took place at church in the presence of those who loved them and longed for them to be happy and raise their children. Alas, there is no happy ending to this story. The divorce is imminent.
As I considered all that I know of the situation, the names changed to protect them, I know that it was God’s will for them to marry. There is no question in my mind of that fact. I have embellished the details of this story, because I don’t know much about their lives prior to their meeting. Along with me, many were surprised that there was “trouble in Paradise”, they were so happy at the beginning,
I have asked God what happened and why this took place. Many years ago I had a dream of the church; the church began in the Spirit but it has ended up in the flesh (having a form of religion but denying the power thereof.). In other words, the church went from relationship with Jesus to religion. Carnality set in. A bond-slave of the Lord is sold out to God, Jesus is Lord of all and Holy Spirit is resident manager. Romans 6-8 is the pattern. “The good that I would, I do not and the evil that I would not, that I do.” …Sandy foundation, not rock solid!
This morning the Lord told me to read the story of Hosea and Gomer. Hosea was a faithful godly man, Gomer was a harlot. God told Hosea, “Go take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children with her, for the land commits great whoredom by departing from the Lord.” CH.1: 2 It’s a picture of how much God loves mankind, that He would reach down into the most sinful messes of mankind to retrieve us.
God speaks to Israel through Hosea, showing them that they have taken the good things that He gave them and used them without acknowledging that it all came from Him. He sees this as whoredom, harlotry. He says, “Therefore, behold, I the Lord God will hedge up her way with thorns and I will build a wall against her that she shall not find her paths”. CH. 2:6 Judgment comes and you will wander in the wilderness until you can see, then repentance and restoration come. “I will allure her and bring her into the wilderness, and I will speak tenderly to he heart.” CH 2:14
Jesus is a faithful husband, who has given His life for His bride. Hosea was a faithful husband. When Gomer left him and was sold into slavery, he was commanded to buy her back, bring her home, forgive her and love her. Jesus and Hosea loved even though in the natural realm it appeared that the bride was not what she should be and it would have been easy to walk away.
Jesus was asked about divorce and He made it clear that God hates divorce; when He was pressed, He gave only one reason for it under the law of Moses. God allowed divorce only for adultery.
God divorced the northern kingdom of Israel because of harlotry and eventually did the same with Judah. But, God is not a god of judgment. He hates sin and must judge it; He loves reconciliation and restoration. Wherever there is judgment in scripture, there is always recovery and restoration, it is God’s nature to love and love reconciles.
When Jesus taught the people He used parables to paint a picture they could understand. These two people, Karmen and Kurt, are a living picture of Jesus and His love for His bride (His plan) and it is a picture of how His church (religion) treats the Bride of Christ. Jesus loves no matter what and always seeks recovery and restoration, religion always denigrates, judges, condemns and abandons.
Scripture makes it plain that anyone who “calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”. Jesus will hear and answer a sincerely repentant heart. Sadly, self-centered mankind must go through much suffering before abandoning their own will and turning to the will of God.
Today is the day of salvation, this is the hour for repentance from dead works. Soon, no one will be able to walk with one foot in the world and the other in the Kingdom of God. The separation between the “wheat and the tares” is coming. Where will you be?
Moses stood at the base of the mountain where God had just given him the ten commandments, he saw the revelry, the carnality, the idolatry of Israel; in anger he threw down the tablets. He said, “Who is on the Lord’s side? Come to me.” Are you on the Lord’s side today?
Judgment is in the land and it will begin with the house of God. There will be a mighty move of the Spirit of God among the people of God. There is a price to pay. Anything of value costs a lot. Are you willing to pay the price?
My prayer is that anyone who reads this will make a firm decision to “follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.”
You are loved…Joy