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Fran Lafferty

Fran Lafferty

I shall yet learn, and grow beyond the immaturity of adulthood. I shall again laugh, and learn the wisdom of a child.

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Aug 10

Lord, I really feel like I can’t take any more. I give you my heart, my broken, abused heart, and ask you to keep it safe in your hands until I can make it OUT of this sad place of despair and feeling trapped and so very low. If I can just be alone, in quiet, for a little while, I can feel your love and joy and peace again. Lord, I don’t have a car, so I cannot escape that way. And it is almost one hundred degrees outside, so I cannot just go for a walk. So I put myself in your hands, and ask you to please provide me a space to recover. Please let the angry, demanding words stop filling my ears long enough to let me pick up my head and grow strong again. Due to other things that are relentlessly draining me at present, I just cannot take all this NOISE, even when the words are not directed at me personally.

Malachi 2:9-17 ERV

“You don’t live the way I told you. You have not accepted my teachings. So I will cause people to hate you and think you are worth nothing.”
We all have the same father. The same God made every one of us. So why do people cheat one another? They show that they don’t respect the agreement. They don’t respect the agreement that our ancestors made with God.
The people of Judah cheated other people. People in Jerusalem and Israel did terrible things. God loves the Temple, but the people in Judah didn’t respect the LORD’S holy Temple. The people of Judah began to worship a foreign goddess.
The LORD will remove them from Judah’s family. They might bring gifts to the LORD All-Powerful–but it will not help.
You can cry and cover the LORD’S altar with tears, but the Lord will not accept your gifts. He will not be pleased with the things you bring to him.
You ask, “Why are our gifts not accepted?” It is because the LORD saw the evil things you did–he is a witness against you. He saw you cheat on your wife. You have been married to her since you were young. She was your girlfriend. Then you made your vows to each other–and she became your wife.
God wants husbands and wives to become one body and one spirit. Why? So that they would have holy children and protect that spiritual unity. Don’t cheat on your wife. She has been your wife from the time you were young.
The LORD, the God of Israel, says, “I hate divorce, and I hate the cruel things that men do. So protect your spiritual unity. Don’t cheat on your wife.”
You have taught wrong things, and it makes the LORD very sad. People were doing evil things, but you said that this pleased the LORD and that he accepted those things. And you taught that God does not punish people for the evil they do.

Lord, I am TIRED. I lay my weary heart at your feet, and trust in you. The only thing I know for sure in all of this life is that YOU are FAITHFUL. Thank you for that, my Lord!


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