Day 14 – Love in the Face of Conflict

Day 14 – Love in the Face of Conflict

Come and see what the Lord has done,
   the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
   to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
   he burns the shields with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
   I will be exalted among the nations,
   I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 46:8-10

(Continued from Day 10)
“We asked God to remind us of how much he loves us, despite how we act towards him.”
Sarah tilts her head to the side, before asking her grandmother “Is that all you did?”
Betty replies “Well, it was the beginning of what we did, and of what God did. You see, God didn’t just leave us to our own devices, oh no. We prayed, and God brought people into our lives who shared their lives with us. Some married, some single, some young, some old. The people at our church… whenever we struggled, rather than pulling back, we pushed in to community.”
“What did they do to share their lives?”
“Some gave us meals, or invited us over for meals. Others gave us the gift of listening to us, without judging. Others still shared their wisdom, gained over a lifetime of struggle. Mixed through all of it, were the little whispers of God, as the Holy Spirit spoke through their words, through the situations they brought us into, and through our hearts as we read the Bible together.”
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At this point, the little girl looks overwhelmed.
“I don’t understand grandma. How did God speak to you and granddad?”
“Oh my darling, the same way he speaks to you. Sometimes we couldn’t hear him because the noise in our heads and hearts was too loud. What do you do when that happens?”
She thinks for a moment, then says “Oh I know! It’s that verse… what is it… ‘Be still, and know that I am God.'”
The older lady smiles and nods.
“That’s right. We worked hard at being still, so that we could hear him. To still our fear, or our anger, or our sadness, or our confusion… and then… then we heard his voice.”
“And what did he say?”
“He said ‘I love you too much to give up on you, so don’t you give up on each other.'”
(To be continued…)
Heavenly Father,
We thank you that you speak to us gently, softly, despite our failure time and again to live as you call us to.
We thank you that you work in our world, and that when we are in need, you do not leave us to struggle if we will only call on you.
May the Holy Spirit speak to us today, and work through us as your hands and feet to bring healing and hope to the marriages and families in distress around us.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen
Devotionals written by Ben & Thea Pratt with editorial assistance by
Warwick Marsh & David Rowsome from Canberra Declaration with thanks for input and advice from an interdenominational editorial team. The team at the Canberra Declaration also thank the team at the National Day of Prayer & Fasting for their kind assistanceSign Up here if you would like to receive these devotionals direct to your inbox

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