Q. A question, please, concerning divorce between 2 Christians. My husband of 9 1/2 years has left me, would not give me a reason, and filed for divorce which should be final soon. When I asked him if he had prayed about this, he said yes, he had prayed for guidance, and he knew God would forgive him. While I agree that God will forgive our sin, would God really “guide” someone to divorce? I also prayed throughout this interim period, but certainly did not get that answer to my prayers.
A. Obviously God would not guide someone to do something He speaks against in His Word. James 1:13-14 says,
For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
When we do something the Bible describes as sin we’re following our own desires, not God’s leading. When we finally realize we’ve sinned and ask God to forgive us, He will immediately do so. He is able to do this because He already knows every sin of our life and sent His Son to die for all of them. When we agree to let His death pay for our sins, He wipes the entire slate clean (Colossians 2:13-15).