“As a parent you can only ever be as happy as your unhappiest child”
I remember going to church as a small child and reciting the Catholic creed. It starts with: “I believe in God the Father”.
one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:6)
As our Heavenly Father just imagine how unhappy He must be looking at the state of the world we live in filled with so many of His unhappy children.
- Imagine Him crying for the children killed in bombing in Syria
- Or the starving children of Yemen
- Or the young girl being used for sex in the streets of Manilla
- Or the little boy washed up on the beaches of Turkey when the boat that was supposed to carry him to safety from the war in his country of birth sank
- Or the man shot dead in the streets of Georgia because of the colour of his skin
- Or the young gay man who kills himself because he was rejected by his family and his Church
- Or the children who watched their father killed by a ‘pro-life supporter’ because he was a doctor working in a clinic that provided abortion
- Or simply the person who we caused pain through our unkind words
Imagine Him cry and then imagine the shame we should be feeling for uttering those unkind words, for staying silent in the face of injustice, for valuing our own comfort over the lives of those poorer than us. None of us like to feel shame though and we are usually very quick to remind ourselves that God forgives all our sins, which is true, but still doesn’t make our actions acceptable nor inconsequential.
1 Samuel 13:14 says about king David, “ But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”
David’s heart was far from perfect. He committed adultery and murdered his mistress’s husband to hide his sin. And although God forgave him, his actions had serious consequences. A man died and David’s son born from his adulterous relationship with Bathsheba also died. But David was repentant and eager to please God. He was willing to recognise his fault and listen to God’s heart.