When we meet with discouragement, what do we do with it?
There are situations in your marriage that will require you to make a choice right away. Your spouse might have done something that deeply hurt or offended you, and now you are faced with a dilemma: respond in a Christ centered way, or the world's way, which inevitably leads to remorse. As Oswald Chambers says, "Life serves back in the coin you pay..."
In II Samuel 12, King David was confronted by the prophet Nathan over his sin. This included lusting after and taking another man's wife, purposing to frame him for the pregnancy, and eventually plotting to kill him to cover his own sin. David was oblivious to the fact that it was him that the prophet was speaking of in the story he was telling the King. God directed Nathan to tell David, "You are the man!" After declaring to David that God had indeed blessed him, and would have done even more to exalt him in the eyes of Israel, Nathan proceeded to deliver an admonishment to the King from God, and pronounce a prophesy of doom on him and his household for the evil he had done.
David wrote many of the stirring Psalms that we so dearly embrace and recite in times of despair. He used the time of restoration after his fall from grace to extol the virtues and mercies of God for all to reflect upon. He spent countless nights praising his LORD and giving thanks for the mighty hand that guided him into truth and grace, as he sought to live out his days as a "man after God's own heart." David pleaded with God to punish him, but not the child. However, God's Word stood and David accepted the consequence. He showed a level of maturity that we need to embrace.
When you are distressed and in deep despair, get alone with God and His Word. Do some true soul-searching. Bring all of your hurts and disappointments to Him.
Regenerate your spiritual life by renewing your mind and reinvigorating your faith walk. God will meet you at your weakest point to bring you to His best for your life...