“God’s promises are never affected
by our failures.
He can use us at any age. ”
by Michael Youssef from Leading the Way
Ihave several friends who are going through the heartbreak of losing children – not in actual death – but to the world. Their children were brought up in good Christian homes, homeschooled, know the truth, know God, yet have chosen to live ungodly lives that have torn up and grieved parents so deeply. Families are separated, lies told, never seeing grandchildren, another child in a work detention home, and yet there does not seem to be the the turning back to God. I imagine moms laying awake many nights, crying and praying, fearing the worst, hoping for reconcilliation. One mom told me she feels at times her son has died, there just was no funeral. I tried to encourage her that God still loves her son and wants him back even more than she does.
Did these children grow up in perfect homes or have perfect parents? Absolutely not! The parents would be the first to admit this! Despite our failures as parents, God still promises,
Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old,
he will not depart from it.
“OLD” could be a long way off. It could be well after the parent’s deaths. That’s where faith steps in, claiming the promise, and our continued praying. Our children get to the age when they make their own decisions. They have to learn a lot. They have to fall and we cannot always pick them up and fix their problems like we used to kiss their owies and make them all better.
And we know that all things work together for good
to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to His purpose.
the failures of our children EQUALS
God still using it for His good when we allow Him.
It does not matter the age of the parents or the age of the children. HIS PURPOSE is He can indeed use us at any age. We as parents can share with younger parents what we have learned and what we would do differently and what we did do right. Young parents need to know they are not alone and that we have walked the same paths ahead of them. And then our children, despite their failures and going wayward, God can still use them and WANTS to use them, even if it means them learning some awful lessons. It may mean not until they are much older – but God can use them with their younger generation(s).
He wants to use us – any age – any circumstance – any failure. Are you ready? HE is!
This week, KAREN is hosting “In ‘Other’ Words” on her blog, In Love W.I.T.H. Jesus. Be sure to visit her site and the links to the other women who have shared on this quote. Then come back here on Friday, for next Tuesday’s new quote for In ‘Other’ Words. Be blessed.