By Crystal J. Ortmann
Today's Scripture: Proverbs 27:11
Central Thought: Believe God's Word, even when you don't see it happening.
The Scriptures seemed to mock me as my son gave his life over to drugs. My main goals for him were to grow up loving and obeying the Lord. People asked me how this could happen to Christian parents. I didn't have an answer. I wasn't even sure he would live through his drug abuse.
Nevertheless, I felt compelled to put my trust totally in the Lord, even when I saw no change. It took years of prayer and study and godly counsel. God's Word was the one consistent thing in my life during that time. I hung on every promise that gave hope to this situation.
Self-doubt as a parent was a constant companion. All the flaws in my parenting skills paraded before me. I know I didn't do everything right, but I didn't know how to deal with the guilt. I cried to the Lord. I placed the whole situation in His hands. I wept. I quoted His Word back to Him.
I began to see positive changes in my son. He has been clean and sober for ten years and has wisdom beyond his years. When questioned, I advise people to keep praying and believing, because God will answer.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, thank You for answering the cry of my heart and giving me a wise son.
Today's Bible Reading: Ezekiel 20:1-; Hebrews 9:11-28; Psalm 107:1-43; Proverbs 27:11