DayBreaks for 11/20/18 – With Natural Affection

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DayBreaks for 11/20/18: With Natural Affection

From the DayBreaks archive, November 2008:

I heard the most disturbing thing on the radio today while I was driving in the car.  I almost stopped to weep when I hear it.  But first, let me give you a little background.

You may recall that in the past few years, several states have passed legislation that allows parents to bring a newborn to a hospital where the unwanted child can be left – no questions asked.  The intent, I’m sure, was good: that if the parent is unable or unwilling to care for the infant, at least it will have proper care, nutrition and a chance to be adopted and raised in a loving home.  I understand that – to some degree.  In some cases, the law was written that the child must be dropped off within 72 hours or so of being born. 

But, apparently, some of those laws were apparently written in such a way that it just says that parents can drop off their child at the hospital.  What I heard today was a report from some Nebraska, which has started having parents drop off children up through their late teens.  In some cases, they reported that the children could be heard saying to their mother, “Please, mom.  I promise to be good.  I won’t be any trouble.”  Can you imagine?  Can you even begin to imagine what it would do to a child to have your mom or dad or both drop you off at a hospital just because they don’t want you any more?  My heart breaks…

So, before our very eyes, we have seen these words come to pass, from 2 Timothy 3:1-4 (KJV): This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God…”

Doesn’t the actions of those who would abandon their children fit the description of “without natural affection”?  Doesn’t it sound like these are “lovers of their own selves” who are “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God”?  (Again, I am not interested here in having a political or cultural discussion about why in some cases it may be better for the baby.)  I can’t help but wonder if some of these parents are abandoning their children just so the parents don’t have the hassle of raising a teen. 

I am so grateful that our Father is not the kind of parent who will abandon us – even in our most rebellious times.  I think that, giving our sinfulness, it may be “unnatural affection” that He loves us – but it is Divine affection, the love of a Creator for His creation.  And God can’t help but love us, in spite of hating what we sometimes do.  He just loves us.  It is His natural affection for us caused him to say, in Hebrews 13:5b (NLT) – …For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never forsake you.

Prayer: Thank You, Father, that You are far better than us.  Give us the kind of love for our children that You have for us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 04/07/11 – God of the Abandonment, Part 1

DayBreaks for 04/07/11 – God of the Abandonment, Part 1

 

Abandoned...

 

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 4/05/2001:

Sadly, it isn’t uncommon at all to hear about children who have been abandoned.  Babies are left at the door of hospitals or adoption agencies.  Children are abandoned by a father or a mother.  A wife is abandoned by the husband that promised to stay until “death do us part”.  It happens far too often.  And it doesn’t only happen to unbelievers.  It doesn’t only happen to Christians.  It even happened to Christ: (Mark 15:34) “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”-which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

The idea of being abandoned by those we trusted is disturbing.  How are we to cope with it?  Let’s look at the crucifixion to learn how to deal with abandonment, for if anyone ever truly was abandoned, if anyone ever felt the utter depth of abandonment, it was Christ.  Can there be a cry of abandonment more haunting than that of Jesus on the cross?  Consider that Jesus and God had been together “in the beginning” (John 1:1-2).  There had never been a moment in time (or outside of time) where they had not been together.  Never had they failed each other.  Never had they been separated or apart – not even when Jesus came to earth as a human baby.

During his days on earth, Jesus understood abandonment.  The crowds turned from him after he’d fed them and challenged them with the statement that they would have to eat his flesh and drink his blood.  In a spirit of sadness, he was moved to ask his disciples if they, too, would leave and abandon him.  How did he deal with it?  Matthew and Mark tell us that after Jesus’ cry of abandonment, that he cried out one more time.  Luke tells us what those words were: Luke 23:46 – “Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

Do you see what Jesus did when he felt abandoned by God?  He, in turn, abandoned himself to God.  “Into your hands, I commit my spirit…”.  He didn’t give up on God.  He didn’t search for some other solution or a substitute, but he trusted Him who He had always trusted before.

What should we do when we feel abandoned?  The same thing that Jesus did.  It doesn’t matter who or what has abandoned you – your response should be the same.  Don’t become angry and bitter.  Abandon yourself totally to God!

PRAYER: Lord, how comforting it is to know that you understand how it feels to be alone and abandoned.  Remind us often that you will never leave us or abandon us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2011, Galen C. Dalrymple  ><}}}”>

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