I must confess as I write this that I am fighting some discouragement. I honestly think it is the forces of darkness really working on me. Three weeks ago our son was born, and now we have 7 children at home. Praise the Lord! By the way, check out this pic taken by our 14 year old daughter of him.
We happen to think our daughter is a pretty good photographer and that our son is exceptionally handsome. Sorry, I have really rabbit trailed. The point I was making is that we are so thankful to the Lord for our son, Levi. It a joyous time. It just seems the forces of darkness are trying to steal my joy. I got to thinking that I am not the only one this happens to so I thought I would blog about my experience for two reasons:
1. Just to be real and authentic about where I am at
2. To offer some encouragement and clarity regarding what exactly the Lord asks of us
Anyway, let’s get back to the whole joy stealing thing. The birth of a child is an incredible thing. It is an amazing miracle. I cried tears of joy when Levi was born. It is an incredibly joyous time when you get to bring a baby home to enjoy with your wife and your other children.
In the midst of this, I have been overwhelmed with feelings of discouragement. When I get discouraged, I move to anger pretty quickly. Discouragement and anger can truly steal your joy!
Why am I angry and discouraged? I find myself looking at the internet pornography addiction problem and always feeling like we can do more. It can truly be overwhelming. I meet with guys one on one to help them with this, but they do not always want the freedom that Christ offers. This is very hard for me to accept. God may be working in them later down the road, but I want to see the fruits of my labor now.
I look at the prophets in the Old Testament. If they were judged on people’s repentance, they would have been in big trouble. How did God judge them? He was focused on their faithfulness.
Let me focus on one prophet:
He told Isaiah in Isaiah 6 to share a message that the people would not be able to receive. They would have eyes and not see it, have ears and not hear it, & have hearts and not understand it. Wow! God tells Isaiah to deliver this message until judgment comes. I believe Isaiah was judged on being faithful to the call God had on his life, nothing else.
What is my point? The forces of darkness cannot steal my joy when my focus is on faithfulness. I must answer one question: Am I being faithful to the call God has on my life?
May we not let our circumstances or the Enemy steal our joy. May we be content with being faithful to God’s call.
Thanks for letting me rant, and thanks for letting a dad indulge in bragging on his photographer daughter and his incredibly handsome, baby boy.