Did you know that we are living IN biblical times? It’s interesting to me that so many Christians don’t think that everything in the Bible is for today, especially our kids. They look at us like we’ve lost our minds because we live by the literal Bible. Quite honestly, that tells me that Christians are trading in their Bible reading for the opinions of self-professed theologians; looking upon what men and women discern rather than God is dangerous. There are no ‘programs’ or upstarts, just chapter and verse. I knew a woman once that refused to read a ‘study’ Bible because she wanted to let the Holy Spirit teach her. I couldn’t agree more. Once we allow ‘fallible man’ in, we have put ourselves in jeopardy.
Our adult kids are following another Jesus: “v13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. v14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. v15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works”, [2Cor 11:13-15]
Our adult kids seem to be in the fire most of the time; well, at least ours seems to be. There never seems to be any rest. Our most precious time spent is trying to sleep. As a Christian, I KNOW that there will be rest that one day but I sure would like to see some of that rest on this side of Heaven. When are children are restless, so are we.
“v22 Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. v23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
v24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”
They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”
v25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Daniel 3:22-25
Even in the fiery furnace we have Jesus. The very next time you or your children are in the furnace, remember He is with you: “And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed“, [Deut 31:8].
If it weren’t for Him, I really don’t know what I’d do. I just wish I could get my kids to understand that. Looking TO Jesus rather than looking BACK at the worries will strengthen the weakest and bring hope.
Pray for you adult kids; pray for their ‘rest’ rather than opportunities.