No matter what you may be facing in your family today, the grace of God is present to give you the strength and ability to respond just as your Heavenly Father would. In the face of every failure… every deceit… and even outright rebellion… the grace of God is more than able to overcome and to restore!
We are coming to the end of our study of the life of Absalom. Separated from his father, bent on vengeance, and ultimately leading outright rebellion, Absalom is a warning for us. But, even greater, his story is a reminder of the great hope we have in the grace of God.
As Absalom’s rebellion comes to full-out war, David remains steadfast in his love for his son. Imagine what it must have been like for the King to stand by the city gates watching as his men marched off to fight a war the he essentially created.
As David is confronted by the results of his own sins and parental failings, we still see the glimmer of the man after God’s own heart. He does not wish vengeance upon his rebellious son. He does not pray for victory. He instructs his commanders to “deal gently with the young man, Absalom.”
Even in the face of outright rebellion, David reveals to us the grace and love of our Heavenly Father by still seeking his son’s benefit.
God sees us in our rebellion and our hard-heartedness and still calls us His own.
It would be so easy to simply disown and to protect our hearts, but God is calling us as parents to be an extension of grace and love to our children.
Maybe you have found yourself separated from your Heavenly Father and you’re not sure if you can ever make things right again. No matter where you are or what you’ve done, I want you to know today that the Father heart of God is still reaching out to you today.
Just like David, your Heavenly Father is eager for you to know his mercy, grace, and love.
Living in Grace and Peace,
Dr. Derek Grier
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