Thursday, January 23, 2020

All of God's Ways Are Loving & Faithful

While this post today is certainly for all grandparents and parents, I am particularly writing it as an encouragement for those grandparents/ parents who know the heartbreak of a child you love (whether young or grown) who either shows no interest in walking with God, or who once did and at this time is no longer doing so. 

I love Jeremiah 29:11 where God promises He has good plans for us which bring us hope and a future. When the ones you love are showing faith and walking with God, it is very easy to believe this verse and have hope. But, if someone you love is not showing faith and walking with God you may feel almost desperate for hope. This is where Psalm 25:10a comes in. In this verse God promises all of His ways are loving and faithful - ALL of them.

Notice this verse does not say all of God's plans which you are able to see, which take place in a time-table you like and which make sense to you are loving and faithful; it says, no it promises all of God's ways are loving and faithful. So, when you are not able to see around the bend to God's "good plans", you are able to trust and believe all of God's ways are loving and faithful. When it looks like there is no movement from the ones you love towards a walk with God; you are able to trust and believe all of God's ways are loving and faithful. When you do not see anything which gives you the smallest bit of hope they may be having a softening of heart and are being drawn back to God; you are able to trust and believe all of God's ways are loving and faithful.

It is important, no essential, for us to hold tightly to God's promises - He promises to have good plans for us which give us hope and a future and He promises all of His ways are loving and faithful. Take hope today in these promises.

And if the ones you love are walking with God, do not think you have nothing about which to be concerned. All it takes is the influence of fellow students, co-workers or friends who do not walk with God for them to fall away. All it takes is for them to be hurt by a leader or someone they know at church for them to fall away. All it takes is a difficult season in their lives for them to fall away. Do not grow over-confident; make it part of your daily schedule to keep them in your prayers and to faithfully hand down the faith.

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 

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