31st July 2019

A Difficult Child

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

Many decades ago, I studied child psychology as part of my nursing diploma. Within that study, troubled children with a plethora of problems were considered – at that time they were identified as ‘difficult children.’ Today that term is rightly not acceptable in the world of teachers and psychologists, and a more positive approach is applied, i.e. the problems may be difficult – not the child.

So often when in prayer, I go over my wrong deeds and thoughts, and find it necessary to apologise to my Creator – I repent. In frustration with myself recently when in prayer, I exclaimed to my Father in heaven ‘I am a most difficult child!’ This is how I see myself, as one always spiritually falling and letting down. Is this how God sees me?

God is steadfast, unchanging, so if He is mad at me – then I am done for. It is what I deserve, but is that what God feels about me? The psalmist says, “Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever” (Psalm 136:26). We should be thankful that God, whose very name is Love, loves us continuously. He hates our sins but is eager to forgive them when we repent. In His infinite love and grace God gives us, his ‘difficult’ children, forgiveness and salvation: “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-6).

God has wonderful plans for us, as we read in Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Difficulties solved!

Prayer
Loving Father, thank you for your grace which knows no bounds.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson
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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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