Apostle Grace Lubega
Genesis 4:8 (KJV); And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
The Bible is full of stories of people who suffered pain, betrayal and utter disappointment.
As you look at these stories, understand them from the context of family. Adam and Eve were the first example of a family in the history of humanity. They made a grave mistake by disobeying God. The result is that by one man, death reigned over all men. It is in Adam’s family that we see the first death, a brother killing a fellow brother. I imagine how hard it was for Adam and Eve during that time, because they grieved Abel who died and Cain who was banished by God. That day, Adam and Eve lost not just one but two sons.
How about Job and his household? Here is the story of a man who lost all his children and all his wealth. Think about Job’s wife and what it means for a mother to bury ten of her children and to watch her husband moan with unbearable pain.
How about David? He was raised by a father who did not recognise the mantle on his life. He changed households at a young age. In his new household, Saul sought to kill him, disillusioning the young man’s ideas of fatherhood.
David’s own house had its issues. His son Amnon rapes Tamar. Absalom killed Amnon.
The list is endless. Hosea had a cheating wife. Noah’s son betrayed him. Abraham’s wife was barren.
I recount these stories here, not to paint doom and gloom but to tell you that what is happening to your family is not new. From time immemorial, families have been through the fires of suffering.
What then must you learn? God still remains the God of family. For the loss of Abel, He gave Seth. For Job’s loss, He doubled his previous wealth and substance. For David’s rejection, He elevated his mantle and made him king. For Hosea, he restored his wife. For Abraham, He gave a child and descendants of all nations.
FURTHER STUDY: Job 1:13-22, Romans 5:12
GOLDEN NUGGET: What is happening to your family is not new. From time immemorial, families have been through the fires of suffering. God still remains the God of family.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. I know that You have good plans for my family. It does not matter what we have been through. You have good and great plans for us. My family soars and prevails over all forms of trial and suffering. In Jesus’ name, Amen.