Healing at the Source
26. A son who mistreats his father or mother is a public disgrace.
20. God puts out the light of the man who curses his father or mother.
From time to time we have all come across people who find themselves in impossible situations, from which no human help can extricate them, and the only way out is to cry fervently to the Lord for help.
Our hearts usually go out to such people, wondering how we would ever face the kinds of pressures they are living under. What is worse is that our inability to help them somehow may cause us to feel that though we should be of assistance to them, we just don't know where to begin.
One time after speaking with such a person and listening to the terrible circumstances of the family's life, my sense of helplessness was overwhelming. All I could do was pray.
However, some while later I discovered, seemingly by happenstance, that the person I had spoken to had grossly mistreated both father and mother, and had cursed both father and mother, and was neglecting them now they were old and in need of assistance.
It was at that point that I came across today's key verses, quoted above. I understood then, that a great part of all these insurmountable problems which were terrifying the family, had been caused by those very actions.
There are some actions that humans take which definitely end in destruction - like dishonouring, mistreating, cursing, striking and neglecting the source out of which one has come - one's parents.
That doesn't mean that all parents are good: far from it. Some parents are toxic and one ought to keep as far from them as possible. However, there is no time at which we should ever act in the manner described in our key verses.
Doing that closes off the blessing of the Lord and opens the doors of destruction in our lives, faster than most other wrong things human beings do.
Father, thank You for wanting to be my father. Thank You for taking me up when my parents are no longer able to care for me.
Lord, if I have ever dishonoured, mistreated, cursed or physically attacked my father or mother; or if I have neglected them when the are old and in need of assistance, please forgive me.
Show me how I can find my way back into the light of Your presence once more. Show me the way out of the darkness that has taken over my life.
Give me a change of heart and attitude where they are concerned.
Heal my heart, Lord.
I ask for Your mercy upon me today,
in Jesus' name,
There's a new thought here tomorrow.
See you then, God willing!
17 Some fools turned against God and suffered for the evil they did.
18 They refused to eat anything, so they almost died.
19 In their misery they cried out to the LORD, and he saved them from their troubles.
20 God gave the command and healed them, so they were saved from dying.
21 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his love and for the miracles he does for people.
22 Let them offer sacrifices to thank him. With joy they should tell what he has done.
(New Century Bible)
Have you ever felt that
fate has dealt you a dirty hand in life?
Are there cycles of failure
in specific areas in your circumstances?
Do you sometimes feel cursed or blighted?
On this web site
we want to examine some of the reasons why
it is reasonable to feel this way,
and suggest a cure for the problem.