The children of Israel were scattered across Babylon because of their disrespect to God. God frustrated their plans and eventually lead them to their slavery. Then time came when God wanted to bring the children of Israel back to their land. However there is something that God said in verse 19 i.e. He will give them one heart and a new spirit. It is therefore clear that they were in slavery because they were not speaking on one voice (one heart) and also they were not influenced by the right spirit. Relationship application when two people get together in marriage, it is the bond of love that brings them together.
They continue to work together towards achieving their common goals. Marriage can be a land of milk and honey, depending on how you enter it and also how you conduct yourself whilst in it. It is also recorded that two are better than one (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12) because they have good return for their work. However there are many of us who are now living in Hell. Our marriages/relationships have turn to be nothing but a worst and a last place you wish to be in. This unfortunately was due to your own actions. The current state of your relationship is your Babylon and you are not free to do as you wish. There is always someone who has to give orders and you have no option but to follow such instructions. But the good news is that God is about to take you back to your land of milk and honey. You will however enjoy your Canaan if you follow the following terms and conditions: 1. Be willing to return to your happy state together with your partner (Eze 11:18) – Even though God has seen your misery and he would like to take us back to Glory, He can only do so if we are willing to do so.
Many of us are not happy with our current relationship status and God is throwing a life line but we are ignoring it because we want it to be done in our own terms and conditions 2. Be willing to remove all vile images and detestable idols – Both of you as a couple know exactly what lead you into your current state of affairs. If each of you can do a thorough self-search, you will find few if not many areas where you have to change. Children of Israel were told to remove all vile images and stop worshiping the idols. Unless you are prepared to clean up the past and fix all what is broken in your relationship, a happy state will always remain a dream land. Whilst you were in your Babylonian state (state of fighting with your partner), it may have happened that one of you have engaged in other evil acts e.g. another relationship/extra affairs etc, then when you reconcile, be ready to do away with the extra affairs and any other friends that will not assist you in building your marriage. 3. Work towards a common understanding (undivided heart) – When you understand each other, it becomes easy to complement one another.
Two people can only work together if there is mutual understanding (Amos 3:3). If a couple has different viewpoints on any matter, it is highly advisable to delay actions or decisions because we can only enjoy our relationship when we are both reading from the same page. As the old saying says “united we stand, dived we fall”, this is still very true even in our generation. 4. We need new spirit in order to be influenced to do differently. If you return to a land of milk and honey but still apply the same mentality that you had in the past, you are destined to failure one more time. God is promising complete transformation and restoration through the renewal of our minds I wish you well as you start your journey back to the Promised Land.