Bible Verses About Marriage

God’s Purpose for Every Woman

Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. — Isaiah 59:1

I once heard a story about an elderly woman whose husband went to the hospital emergency room complaining of chest pains. After she had waited for hours, a young doctor came out to explain to her that her husband was stable, but he would need to be moved to a larger hospital far away from her to receive the treatment he needed. Though the woman was grateful that her husband would be okay, she was saddened to learn that he would need to be hospitalized so far away. Because of her own health concerns, there was no way she would be able to make the long drive to see him each day. Sadly, she returned home alone.

Later that day, her neighbor and friend came over to check on her. The two women talked about her husband’s health, and her grief that he would be so far away from her. Her friend began to pray for her and her husband. “Lord,” her friend prayed, “we know that our arms cannot reach to him, but Yours can. Your arms are not too short to reach him, no matter where he is. We will choose to rest in that, and to know that You are comforting him when we cannot.” After her friend prayed, the woman felt better. She had the peace of her friend’s reminder that God’s arms were not affected by human limitations like old age and failing health. She slept well that night, trusting God to care for her husband and to work out the situation.

Is there someone in your life who needs God’s arms to reach where you cannot? Perhaps it’s a child who needs God’s arms to reach the place he has run to. Perhaps it’s a loved one who is far away from you but going through a hard time. Perhaps it’s your husband, who has withdrawn from everyone —even from you. Whatever your situation, God’s arms are not too short to reach. He can touch that person in a way you cannot. He can take care of that person when you cannot. You need to give the situation to Him and trust Him to resolve it according to His perfect plan.

Sometimes it’s hard to give a situation to God. We want to hold on to it and worry over it, as if we can do anything about it by worrying. When you feel yourself tempted to worry, pray instead. Remind yourself that God’s arms are not too short, and verbally give the situation to Him to take care of. Tell God you trust Him, and you are placing your loved one in His capable hands. Recommit the situation as often as you need.

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Dear Lord, thank You that I can trust Your arms to reach where I cannot. I will trust You to take care of my situation and I rest in that. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Application Steps
God’s arms are not too short for any situation, and they are not too short for you, either. Let God wrap His powerful arms around you and comfort you today. Feel the warmth of His embrace and the comfort of His care for you. Rest in that and feel the peace He longs to fill you with.


Copyright © Lysa TerKeurst and Rachel Olsen, published by Harvest House Publishers. Used with Permission.

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