For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
1 Corinthians 2:11-12
1 Corinthians 2:11-12
(Continued from Day 18)
“Does he love God?” Sarah asks, obviously concerned for her uncle.
Betty pats her leg, “We don’t know dear, but we know that that God is good, that he is gracious and merciful, and that no-one is ever so far away that God cannot call them to him.”
The young girl nods a little, sad for her uncle, as the older man smiles and sits down beside her.
“Don‘t worry about him Sarah. God is in control; he has a plan. He may not tell us what that plan is, but we do know that whatever God has in mind, it’s what is for the best.”
“But, what if he never comes back to be a part of our family?”
“Then we have to trust that God has a plan for his life that will help him to have family with other people. Family is the thing that makes our world work, after all… and you’re either in a family, or you’re alone. No-one should ever be alone.”
Sarah ponders this for a moment. These are big ideas for a little girl to face!
“Does that mean that he might get married, and have children? How would that work?”
Her grandfather responds, shaking his head.
“No darling, when we talk about family, we’re talking about people who have chosen to love one another as family, even though they’re not related by blood or marriage. Like we do with church. Some people have family through sporting groups or clubs, or with common interests. You don’t need to be married and have children, to have a family.”
“But… but… when people get married, they make a new family, right?”
“They do, but there’s other ways of having a family.”
“So you’re saying that uncle Barry can have a family without getting married?”
“Yes, that’s right. And marriage wouldn’t work for him anyway, as God’s Word says that it’s only supposed to be between a man and a woman, with God at the centre of it. Like a cord of three strands.”
“So, even if he did get married? It wouldn’t be right by God if he married a man?”
Both Eric and Betty nod, with the grandmother replying;
“God’s ways are the best ways, even if we don’t like them, even if we don’t understand them. The fact is, we’re not God, and whenever we pretend that we know better than him, all we do is make things worse.”
(To be continued…)
We thank you for your love, we thank you that you want what is best for us.
We repent of the times where we have acted without love to those who challenge or reject your will, for we ourselves have done the same thing time and again.
May the Holy Spirit convict us of our own rebellion and, in so doing, help us to see others as you see them, and to love them as you do.
In Jesus‘ name,
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 assistance