Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are Mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” – Isaiah 43:1-3 NLT
I would LOVE to be spared from all difficulties in this life. But since that’s not very likely, it’s become critical for me to lean into the precious truths of Gods Holy word in these challenging seasons. In John 16:33, Jesus warns us to expect “times of trouble” while we’re here, and at the same time, He comforts us saying, ” I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world “. Because Jesus lives in me, through His Spirit, I can prevail over every difficulty and challenge that comes my way, as long as I lean into His wisdom and strength.
I’ve been battling with my understanding of scripture…
- ”honoring my parents” … Ex 20:12, Matt 19:19, Eph 6:2 as well as several other passages…
- “care for family” … 1 Tim 5:8, Gal 6:10
- “family not coming before my God” … Mic 7:6, Matt 10: 34-37, Luke 14:26
I want to honor my parents; care for my family. As I have wrestled with my own beliefs and perceived expectations from others, the Lord has challenged me to question whether ‘I believe’ He is able to care for my parents, our parents, better than we ourselves can? Or do I really believe we can provide better care for them than God can?
Obedience to God will deprive us of things we value, especially relationships. Am I willing to stand in steadfast submission even when it appears I should be doing something else in the eyes of others? Even when it’s something I feel compelled to do? This battle within me is real. In Matt 4:19 Jesus said, “follow Me and I will make you fishers of men”. He didn’t give me all the details as to how that would affect my life. He demands obedience and trust.
I didn’t create my parents…God did. I am not their Daddy…our Heavenly Father is. I didn’t sacrificially give my life for my parent’s…Jesus did. I can’t dwell within them and whisper sweet words of encouragement to their hearts…the Holy Spirit can. God’s got this. He did long before He led my family to Haiti. He is enough.
May BonDye be made known through our obedience.