“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” 1 Timothy 4:1 NIV
One of the saddest things for me is to learn of someone turning away from their faith. Honestly, it breaks my heart to see or hear of someone who has felt the unconditional love of God abandoning their faith. Why? Why do people deconstruct, apostatize, or fall away? I am sure if you have been a follower of Christ for any period of time, you have seen this take place. We shouldn’t be surprised when it does happen as “the Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith.” But just because we shouldn’t be surprised doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt, especially when we deeply care for the person who is walking away from Jesus. If you happen to have adult children who have walked away from their faith, this might even be the worst pain. Is there anything we can do? Yes, you can trust their Father. I would encourage you to spend some time today reading Luke 15. It’s all about how God pursues the lost.
Putting it into Practice
After reading Luke 15, which story stuck out to you the most? What do you think God may want you to know from your time reading?
Lord we pray today for all those whom we love and care for that are no longer following you. We ask that you will continue to pursue them with your relentless love. Father may we be an encouragement to them in any way possible. We pray for their hearts to be softened to the gentle calling of their Father, to come home. In Jesus name, Amen.