Proverbs 10:28 (NASB) The hope of the righteous is gladness, But the expectation of the wicked perishes.
Sometimes our children experience the ugly side of life. Those times that show the struggles of this life. The times that our humanness gets in the way of our walk. It’s sad. However, I also believe that they have witnessed the goodness and transforming power of Jesus. If you asked my daughters to describe me, I’m sure they would say that there are times when their father was not acting like he should. They would also say that there are times when he acts crazy, foolish, funny, loving and helpful. I pray they know that it is Christ who brings me joy, happiness, and who helps me through my struggles. I never hid the fact that we are growing into what Christ wants us to be – godly, caring people that try to live like Christ. We recognize that there are times we will fail, but we also recognize the tremendous love and forgiveness our Heavenly Father has for us. Loving God truly is enjoying life – the ups and downs – and through Him, we can find the peace through it all.
Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
Family Devotion: Read this chapter with your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them and discuss. Pray with them.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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