Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 42:1-44:30, Ezekiel 33:21-33
Heavenly Father, throughout Your Word You have given us clues into Your heart. You are the first parent. Many times in the Bible we see Your parent’s heart. Just like human parents, You experience great joy and extreme sadness because of Your children’s choices.
In this verse we saw one of Your painful days as a parent.
And now the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, asks you: Why are you destroying yourselves? For not one of you will survive—not a man, woman, or child among you who has come here from Judah, not even the babies in your arms. —Jeremiah 44:7
Father, reading this verse makes me sad for You and it makes me sad for parents who are watching their children self-destruct as I write this prayer.
It’s tough to watch those we love endure pain and suffering that is not of their choosing.
It’s worse to watch our children make conscious choices to self-destruct and take their families along with them.
Lord, there’s a great lesson in this verse. You allowed Your children to bear the consequences of their choices, even though You could have forced them to do what You knew was best for them.
Today’s parents think protecting our children and alleviating their suffering is what good parents do. Many parents spend their whole lives exhausting their time, money, and health trying to save children who do not want to be saved.
Jesus, You came to this earth to pay the price for our sins and give us eternal life.
You did not take away our ability to choose life or death, heaven or hell, or safety or self-destruction.
Father, teach parents to train their children as You train Your children:
Choices = Consequences
Lord, help us to learn from Your example.
Comfort us as only You can when our children choose the road to self-destruction.
In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 34:1-36:38