Rain in the forecast. We’re ready for some!
So, I have prayed the same type of prayer that Moses did for his people. He asked that God might show him his ways and go with him so that the nation and all nations might know that they have found favor in his sight. Without God leading me, I am shooting in the dark.
As I think now what to “do,” I am reminded of the following, also from Moses.
Deuteronomy 11:18-21 “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on your doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.
I believe this is the basis of the father/child relationship. How better to show them perfect love than by showing them the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? “We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
But, I have a problem that many of you have. My children are all now antagonistic towards all things related to God. Very much so. It didn’t always use to be that way, but it is now.
It dawned on me last night that this may be the root to the whole problem. I am a Jesus guy, and everyone knows it. While I was very careful not to force my daughters to go to church or other things, they clearly knew my desires. I don’t make anyone go to church (even when young) because I know how much I hated that. I wanted it to be their choice. And, it was their choice for quite some time. Not anymore.
I really don’t know what happened. It’s a topic that they won’t touch enough to have a thorough, two-way conversation. I’m left to guessing at the real cause. One thing is certain, they know that I believe John 14:6 to be absolute, that heaven and hell are real places, that I openly share the gospel, and that I actively pray for the salvation of my family and others. I do not sugarcoat and distort the gospel. Few people will enter the narrow gate. That’s life-and-death, in my opinion.
How do I bridge that? Do I lower my expectations (desires) or change the gospel to make it more pleasing to their ears? No, I can’t do that. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,” (Romans 1:10).
So, I have a problem, don’t I? Good thing I have the weekend to sort it through.
Father, keep working me. Show me your ways.
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