What do you do when the people you deeply love continuously hurt you over and over again? I can only imagine what God must feel like when we make bad choices and move away from Him. This pain is deep. This pain is wide. This pain is leaving gaping wounds on my heart and in my soul.
The road to restoration is a 2-way street but what do you do when you are the only one on it? Turn around and give up? Do you think that’s what God would want us to do? Maybe just park right where I am and wait? For how long? I know that’s what I need to do, pull over and park but it doesn’t make the pain go away or even lessen.
I have been studying the beatitudes and they are coming to mind as I write this. How can I apply what I am learning from them to this part of my journey?
Blessed are the merciful for they shall be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they WILL see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be sons of God.
I can boldly come before the throne of God and seek HIS mercy and grace. But if we don’t show mercy we receive judgement. If we don’t see God, we are not in heaven. If we aren’t called the sons of God we are outside the family.
John 10:10 says:
The thief approaches with malicious intent, looking to steal, slaughter, and destroy; I came to give life with joy and abundance.
When you are the only one on “Restoration Road,” I believe that’s exactly what the devil wants. He wants to discourage us to turn around and give up. He wants to destroy completely the relationships you so desperately want to heal. He doesn’t want you to park and wait. He wants you to turn around and give up.
BUT. . .
James 4:7 tells us:
So place yourselves under God’s authority. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you.
When we place ourselves under the authority of God, HE will give us the strength to resist the devil. HE will give us the endurance to stay parked, waiting for the opportunity to move further down the road, closer to restoration and the abundant life that Jesus promises!