Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes. Nehemiah 4:14
I was thinking this morning about Lot’s family in the book of Genesis. They didn’t appear to have a deep and abiding relationship with God. Yet, when it was time for God’s judgment to come upon Sodom, the angels asked Lot to gather all members of his family for salvation. God is invested in families because of the faith of one of its member. If you’re the only one who feels heavy hearted over the spiritual condition of your loved ones, you’re not the only one who cares. God does. Why?
- He loves you. He cares about who you love. He sees every tear you have cried over a son or daughter. He feels the stress you feel over the fractures in your marriage. When your heart aches, His heart aches. Do you feel alone when you bear the burden of carrying your family to God in prayer? You are not shouldering this by yourself. Jesus rose again and lives to intercede for every person you love. Perhaps you often despair and think you are the only one praying for them. You are not doing this by yourself. Jesus is praying!
- God made families and He is invested in what He creates. Families didn’t come out of nowhere. God made Adam, then Eve, and invented the marital relationship. Children were born because God made a way for family life to continue throughout time. The first outcry that reached heaven’s ears came when the first two brothers fought and one killed the other. So broken was the heart of God!
Every single one of us thinks about eternity but for anyone who has unbelieving family members, it is a bittersweet experience. There is a piercing thought about those who might not be there. God knows. Just as He told Lot to go gather each member of his family, giving them the opportunity to hear of impending doom and to make the choice to leave Sodom, He will hear our prayers about those we love. He is giving each one (though we may not know about it) many opportunities to be aware of Him and His Son, Jesus. Every seed we have planted is not dormant. It is active and working – stirred by the Spirit in their consciences and in their memories.
You invite me to bring my burdens to You and leave them. Jesus, I will bring each person in my family, place them in Your lap, and pray while You work! Thank you. Amen