Posted by: bshelley | July 22, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Today’s Verse: Philemon 15 For perhaps he was for this reason separated from you for a while, that you would have him back forever. NASB

Maybe you have a child or a loved one who has drifted away or even left rejecting your values and beliefs. It is so painful to see their folly. Maybe that has been you at some point in your life. Maybe it is you now and you are searching for answers and possible directions back to an elusive “home”. We wonder even aloud sometimes why God allows such things. Why does He allow His children to reject Him, to run away to possible destruction? Love gives choices. Only He can see what the future holds for each and what might be necessary to change lives and spirits. Prayers for these are often difficult. In anguish, loving family members and friends pray for those lost in worldly pursuits looking for contentment and fulfillment in all the wrong places. Onesimus is one of these. Possibly he was angry that someone gave him such a weird name. He was apparently an escaped slave who had ended up through a series of circumstances with the apostle Paul. Paul writes to his owner asking him to forgive and take him back. But wait. Onesimus is not the same spiritually as the rebellious man who ran away. Paul says, who ever knows for what reason some things happen. God had been at work creating possibilities and opportunities for this man that he ultimately gave himself to wholeheartedly. Where before he had been useless because of his errant nature, now he was useful even as a brother in Christ. What a change Jesus can make. Surly there were long days and nights when even anger was expressed and possibly different punishments¬†plotted by Philemon. Paul pleads his case to forgive and even charge Paul’s account for any loss incurred. Prayer and God’s workings are a powerful combination. Pray for circumstances in those loved ones lives to point them back to God. Pray for a Paul to meet them where they are and introduce them to Jesus. Pray that God might even use you as a Paul in the life of a wanderer who God leads across your path.

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-philemon-15

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