Do not hide Your face from me, do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; do not abandon me nor forsake me O God of my salvation! For my father and mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me up." Psalm 27:9-10
We now live in a society where the church has as many divorces as our secular population. If you have experienced divorce it is a devastating experience not only for the one who is divorced by a mate, but the children, and both sets of grandparents and all the future grandchildren are dramatically affected. It is the horrible gift that keeps on giving for generations to come. Perhaps the depth of rejection and betrayal is worse for the one of the two who became one, and fought to hold the family together. However, is there really a way to measure inner pain that can only be healed by God Himself? The one who chose the divorce can only be healed from guilt and unforeseen consequences they will have to live with daily for the rest of their lives by the same Healer. The same is true for the parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren. Only God’s love can flush the wounds of the heart. The good news is all things are possible if we obey God’s instruction in His Word. Psalm 107:19-21 reads:
"Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His Word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, and for His wonders to the sons of men!
His Word is true. It is the only thing that has the power to change us. You may try other options, but I know His love has the power to heal us inside and outside. He reveals His love to us through His Word! No matter who has forsaken you, God Himself will take you up if you will allow Him too. You must seek Him with all your heart to see results. You cannot be half hearted, or have a divided, hardened heart. You must empty out of your own thoughts in order to receive His. We cannot lean to our own understanding. We must have faith in the goodness of God. You must read His Word for yourself to truly know His goodness and how much He truly loves us. Isaiah 49:14-16 confirms this:
"But Zion said, "The Lord has forsaken me, and the Lord has forgotten me."
"Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me."
This verse applies to all of His hurting children. If you aren’t one of His children, His arms are always outstretched to you inviting you to come into His embrace. He doesn’t reveal our sins to judge us. He wants to redeem and restore us. His desire is to forgive and cleanse us from all our iniquities. (1 John 1:9)
Don’t allow anyone to define God to you, but God Himself. That is one of the most important truths I can speak to you. He is so much greater than I have the ability to describe, but know He wants to reveal Himself to each and everyone of His children. It doesn’t matter what you have done, or not done. He enables us to forgive as we allow Him to forgive us. Forgiveness is the pathway to healing.
We are to be at peace with all men as far as it depends on us scripture says. (Romans 12:18) We are all blinded to our own faults, but as God reveals our sins, and He forgives us, we are then able to feel compassion for those who have failed us, and forgive them. We cannot change others, but we can allow God to change us and conform us to the image of His Son. It is a lifetime choice you must make over and over till He comes for us. Let us love God more than ourselves. Then we will love others more than ourselves. There is no other way.
In His love.
My arms are always outstretched to my children and grandchildren. How I treasure the rare moments in life we are together! Photos from kayaking yesterday on New River.