Editor’s note: Today’s devotion comes from the men’s ministry theme Man of God: Renewed for Life. The theme, based on Isaiah 40:31, aims to strengthen men in heart, mind, and spirit. Did you know that CTA also offers a FREE men’s retreat in this theme? Check it out and start planning your fall event today!

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance (2 Peter 3:9 ESV).

Your son used to look up to you. After soccer, he’d run to the car. The ride home was filled with talk about the game and questions about your opinion.

That was only a year ago. Now it has all changed.

Now, you’re lucky if you’re needed to pick him up. He usually tries to get a ride home with his friends. And, when you do pick him up, the ride home is awkward. Your apprehensive questions. His one-word answers. After a while, mutual silence settles in. He looks at his phone and you wonder where things went wrong.

Slowly, you learn that you can’t control the love of your children.

You can, however, control your love for them.

Peter reminds us that sometimes renewal takes time. “The Lord . . . is patient,” he says (2 Peter 3:9 ESV). God doesn’t work on our schedule. But he does work. He patiently waits . . . and loves.

Consider the night in the Upper Room before Jesus was arrested. Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray him. Jesus could have excluded Judas. Turned the other disciples against him. Instead, Jesus chose to love. He knelt down like a servant and washed the feet of his betrayer. Jesus knew that renewal is possible only through love.

Although Judas betrayed Jesus, Jesus wouldn’t betray God’s mission. He was patient. He died for sin and rose to bring God’s love to you. And not only to you, but also to others through you.

So, what’s a man to do when relationships change? Some retaliate in anger. Others walk away in regret. You, however, respond in love.

When a father realizes his children are growing distant, what does he do? He goes to the kitchen and sets a place for them at the table. As long as he is the father and as long as this is his household, there will always be a place at the table for his children.

God’s love is patient and strong. It waits and works renewal.

Prayer starter: Lord, grant me patience to wait and strength to work as you renew relationships in your love. Amen.

 

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