For Our Children

Sometimes it is so hard to not see what you want, what you pray for and what you know is God’s heart for the ones you love the most. I love my children deeply but I desire them to know and embrace God’s love even more. I think it is even more difficult when my wife and I know, in spite of our imperfections, that we spoke God’s truth to and over our children. We have vivid memories of planting the seed of faith in them at an early age! Yet, as an adult, one of our sons is still far from God.
Our family takes comfort in the saving power of Jesus because of God’s faithfulness to our family in past generations. My wife’s grandparents came to know the Lord as their savior in their 50’s. The transformation impacted them so much that every Sunday they would pick up their grandchildren and bring them to church! They faithfully prayed for my wife, her siblings, and cousins to embrace Jesus until they died. They showed them the love of Jesus, modeled living Christ-centered lives, and shared the truth of Jesus’ salvation with them. However, it was not until after their death that the results were displayed.

They never saw 4 of their grandchildren go against the grain of their own parents and accept Jesus as their personal savior. It wasn’t until their legacy of faith was all that was left of them on earth that their passionate pursuit of Jesus was multiplied through the salvation of their loved ones. It is so hard to not see the results you want, but that doesn’t mean our prayers go unanswered!

My wife and I sincerely pray for our son daily and we display unconditional love to him so that he knows he does not have to perform or believe in God for us to love him.  We simply love him because he is our son. Yet, we have faith and believe that through God’s grace, Jesus’ example, and Holy Spirit’s conviction; our son will be led back and make the decision for himself to embrace the heart and goodness of God. It is in His timing, not ours, that our son’s knee would bow and his tongue would acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
"...At the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:10-11
Submitted Ralph N. on 8/25/2022

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