“But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul…” (Deut. 4:29).
Unfortunately, we may have that one child who refuses to submit to our instruction and over a period of time, we may have to release the child into the world to learn lessons “the hard way.” Sometimes the child will return to us with a grateful and humbled heart upon realizing that we only sought after what was good and beneficial for them. Other times, the child will not change their ways and will have to live with the consequences of their decisions…however disdainful they may be.
Likewise, if we elect to disregard of Heavenly Father’s redirection, He will eventually allow us to deal with the consequences of our decision to live apart from Him. Our children do not always agree with our approach which is intended for our good, and neither will we always like the discipline we receive from our Father. However, when we continuously and blatantly disregard Him, we are well-deserving of the end result…which will eventually be eternal separation from Him and His family….
None of this has any bearing on the fact that we may have been the best parents in the world…and neither does it negate the fact that God is a Good Father…it just means that because of a stubborn and rebellious nature, some children will not benefit from the goodness of the parent…regardless of whether it is their earthly parents or the Heavenly Father.
These are things to think about…