My youngest daughter and I had a wonderful time bonding on a recent road trip to the US. A memorable moment was when she told me many of her secondary school classmates had little interest in getting married or having children – they prefer raising dogs.
While I was struck by the pessimism, I told my daughter, “God’s going to give you a message of hope for them. Tell them it’s a joy to be a part of a big, happy family. The world may seem dark, but this is your chance to shine!”
That Satan has unleashed his aggression against the family is not only obvious, it was foretold in Matthew 10:36 and Luke 21:16 that there’ll be fractures, rebellion, and betrayals within households. All are a part of the picture the prophet Isaiah paints which aptly describes the End Times as ‘gross darkness’ (Isaiah 60:2 KJV).
We must not forget – he also prophesied that God’s Spirit counteracts Satan’s scheme by releasing even more glory upon us – on our churches and families – than we’ve ever possessed in history.
Paul’s voyage to Rome is like an allegory of our times. The waves swelled, the tempest raged, and the sky darkened. Tackle was cast overboard and appetites disintegrated. Reeling on the crests of fatalism and gloom, Paul’s voice ballasts the 276 passengers with a message of hope – “Take courage, men, because I trust God that it will turn out just as He told me… for there will be no loss of life among you!” (Acts 27:25, 22)
God revealed His plan of redemption to His servant then, He’s ready to deposit it into our hearts today. As families are swept up in the typhoons of our time, God is going to elevate us into the Eye of the Storm.
As the children of the ungodly are ruptured from their parents, and as self-serving parents abandon their own flesh and blood under the craze of demonic forces set loose from the depths, God is pouring out great grace upon His people.
As pain and confusion grip those who refuse to bow their knees to their Creator, the Sun of Righteousness is rising with healing in His wings over the homes of His own special people.
All over the world, a marvellous thing is about to be broadcast. As it was when light shone brightly upon each Hebrew household marked by covenant blood, even as darkness smothered the Egyptians, a mighty separation will occur.
Hearts will start turning under the impulse of the Holy Spirit. Christian homes will be laser-tagged for restoration. The wedge that drives the godless apart will melt like wax before the righteous. The epistle of joy-filled homes will be written.
The promise of grace and glory does not guarantee acquisition. While God’s plan to redeem offers us tremendous hope even as ominous clouds encircle us, let me exhort us to respond with two calls to His offer.
First, call out, “Turn my heart, Lord!”It’s those who come boldly to the Throne who find grace in the time of need. If you’ve living parents, the onus for restoration is on you. If you’re a parent, stop chiding your sons and daughters. Receive Holy Spirit power and anointing to heal wounds and nurture them to become princes and princesses of the King.
Finally, remember that God intends for your family to be a life raft for the sinking multitudes around you. Paul contended for all the people on his ship. Godly homes where moms and dads have healthy, dynamic relationships with their sons and daughters are going to be lighthouses to the many who are struggling to bail out the seas wafting into their leaking crafts.
Call out to them, “Take courage! Things will turn out just as God has spoken.” As I told my daughter, “God’s going to give you a message of hope.”