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Listen while you read: "Revive Thy Work O Lord"1 (Lyrics)
Romans 12:19-20 – Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. (NKJV)
Due to dysfunction, disrespect, and violent behaviour, the police had to be called to remove a young adult family member from our home. Although the problem has existed for several years, it has recently escalated to the point where drastic measures had to be taken. This family member is loved dearly and has caused many tears and upsetting days in our household of three adults and four children. Peace was needed.
Through much heartache and anguish and many tears over the years, I wanted to know where God was and why He was not answering my prayers. I went to my bedroom angry with the Lord. I am grandma, and my grandchild had just broken my heart. How could he have changed so much that he became selfish, disrespectful, and full of anger, showing no remorse for hurting people? He had turned 21 a year ago, and was introduced to alcohol and drugs — the devil's tools, I am sure — and has become alienated from the family.
After what seemed like hours passing by, heartbroken, I was still talking angrily to God. I wanted to know why He had stopped loving us. Wasn't my family important to Him? What about the promise that He made to me years ago that all my children would know Him?
Isaiah 54:13 – All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. (NKJV)
I pulled out my Bible; I wanted to know from God's Word what was happening. All hell seemed to be breaking loose on my family.
Through searching the Bible, the Lord reminded me who my enemy really was. We were not fighting against my grandson:
Ephesians 6:12 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (NKJV)
The Lord then reminded me about the tools that he has given us to fight against these forces of evil. Ephesians chapter 6 lists the whole armour of God to prepare us for battle. As I remembered these things, I felt the peace of God that had been dormant for some time. I felt joy: No matter what things look like, I know that God is in control and it will all work out for good. After all, His love is greater than any love that exists.
If you are struggling today, feed on God's Word. Especially read Ephesians 6:10-20. May God bless you through His Word, today and every day!
Prayer: Father, guide our hearts today to trust You no matter what things may appear to be. You are still on the throne, and You are fully capable of handling any problem that we face. Thank You, Lord, for Your unconditional love. Thank You for the peace that only You can give during our struggles in life. Forgive our shortcomings and guide us into doing Your will. We release all to You, in Jesus' name. Amen.