More Alike Than We Think
created on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 02:35
Have you ever been so frustrated with your kids’ lack of faith that
you feel like just giving up and resigning yourself to the fact that
they will never come back? Often the situation can seem impossible,
that the reunion you are hoping for will never come true. I would like
to give you something to think about. Do you remember when you
experienced a lag of faith in your life? This is something that each of
us goes through every day of our life.

Our lives are filled with a variety of stresses from things as simple
as hoping we get enough sleep each night, so that we are fresh for the
following day. Or how about the time we hoped to get to the doctor’s
office on time right after we encountered an unexpected traffic jam.
Then there are the times when we plan on getting the family together and
worry about the menu months in advance, because we want to be sure that
the meal is satisfactory for the entire group. At work, we hope our
performance is up to par and that our annual review results in a much
needed pay raise. And finally we stress over daily living as we are
bombarded with news constantly telling us about the poor economy,
elevated worldwide crime rates and the rumors of wars.

As we encounter these daily stresses in life, all human beings,
whether we are a believer or not, come to the same crossroads of faith
and make a decision on whom to rely on. It is at this point, parents
are more alike the prodigals than they think. Believe it or not, an
opportunity opens for parents to relate to their kids when they let them
know that they too struggle, often trying to take control of the
situation when deciding what to do. Parents can take it further and
illustrate what the end result was like when they took charge. The
Holy Spirit is there to guide us and to give us the right words to say.
The encouragement we can offer is that the Triune God is at work in our
life his people he very moment of the decision-making process and
remains there for us even when we walk away.

As we share life stresses, we are given the opportunity to meet
prodigals on ‘their’ territory and to relate to them. When you meet
them on common ground, you can show the prodigal, that even though you
walk in the faith, you are not perfect and have the same (or similar)
struggles that they do. I am not sure what it is, but there is
something to be said about knowing that you are not the only one going
through life struggles on your own. An important thing to remember: It
is not up to us to change the prodigal’s heart, but know that they are
in the hands of the Triune God and it is in His time a change of heart
can happen. All we need to do is to be available to the Holy Spirit, so
that he can reach our kids through us and our stressful life
experiences.

Prayer
Thank you, heavenly Father, that you have not given up on us, when we in
our daily struggles and difficulties left you and went our way,
thinking that we could manage life without you. Your good Spirit
continued to reach us through the means of grace in the midst of your
people and through the voices of our family. Forgive us, when at the
present time we live as though you had stopped to care for us and our
children and had withdrawn your Spirit from us. Through him enable us to
trust you implicitly, for we know that he works all things for good to
those who love you. What a marvelous God you are. Thank you for making
yourself known to us through your Son by the Spirit in word and
sacrament. We praise you for your goodness, love, and care. In Jesus
name we pray.

Bible Verses ESV

Psalm 9:10 And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

Psalm 22:8 “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart
trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks
to him.

Psalm 33:21 For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.

Psalm 112:7 He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.

Psalm 118: 8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.

 

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