Keep doing the right thing even though your circumstances haven’t changed. God is faithful to His Word and His promises. The question is— will you TRUST Him and hold out long enough to see Him come through for you.
Real quick—if you are in a relationship where you are being verbally, emotionally, physically, and/or sexually abused— please read this post instead. I have a very different and specific message for you.
There’s a scripture for the faithful which says that eventually whatever you sow will not only reap a harvest, but actually catch up and overtake you:
“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.” Amos 9:13
Sometimes it can feel so suffocating to be the only one in your home who is trying to make it a peaceful place or do the Godly thing. Voices will whisper to you:
“Why do you even bother?”
“They’ll never change”
“You deserve better than this.”
Be careful. Whose voice do you think you’re hearing? Would God suggest those ideas to you? Surely not. The enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy. Watch your ego. While you may in fact be the only one making an effort right now, let me address those taunts for you:
1) You bother because God has called you to. His followers are to love and honor others regardless of what they get in return. “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.” Luke 6:32-33
2) Anyone can change. “All things are possible to Him that believeth.” Matthew 19:26
3) We “deserve” to die on a cross as Christ did. But because of His mercy we can choose to live in blessing. In return He asks us to show mercy to others and to lay down our lives for our friend (John 15:13). By comparison to the sacrifice He made for us, putting up with a difficult spouse and children seems a small price to pay. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7
Just keep going. Keep fighting. It’s always worth it to fight the good fight in spite of the casualties. And remember— just as God tells us we can have peace in the storm, you can also have peace in a difficult home. A peaceful home, afterall, begins in your own heart.