TITLE: I Want To Encourage Him 10/02/2017
By Ken Ebright
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“I will never leave you: I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5 (NCV)
My dad slammed the door in my face. I tried to do everything I could do to encourage him. The rehab facility in my mind better than the one he was in a few years ago. I told him that but it didn’t go over well. I gave him the scripture that I quoted above. I thought surely God’s word would encourage him. He told me to quit preaching.
My eighty seven year old father had recently had hip replacement surgery. He was in a nursing home trying to learn how to walk again. He wanted to go back home, but he had to get his strength back.
I think my dad felt like the Lord left him. It can feel that way in life when you go through darkness.
We may never understand sometimes why we go through difficult times on this earth. It can be hard to trust God when there seems to be no hope. I know I have felt abandoned when my mom committed suicide or when my landlord wanted to raise my rent two hundred dollars.
My dad wasn’t listening to me but our heavenly farther will always listen to me. He is always there to spite what horrific circumstances we go through. Imagine having people turn on you and being nailed to the cross. That would be one horrific circumstance. As a result he paid for our sins and we can spend eternity him. When we are in heaven with him the hard times of life will be over. That is something I can look forward to, I just go to get through the present.
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