An In-law of mine ( I call him my brother) just lost a cousin that was very close to him. I know it hurts a lot! I can’t imagine the pain he is in, my heart breaks for him and the rest of the family.
On the afternoon I got the news I asked God why he happened to be going through so much loss and heartaches, (he had another cousin died earlier in the year and had also told me about another one who died in a car accident few years ago- so all crossed my mind as I mourned with him) as I questioned the Lord, these thoughts came to mind.
Our obedience and relationship with God helps a lot with what goes on around us and within our families. When we turn to God, we are also interceding for our loved ones and standing for them. YOU might be God’s chosen, its not just about you when he calls but for us to intercede on behalf of others. He calls us to bless us, to save our families/friends, to use us as vessels to break chains and yokes off others. Your family members/ friends are tied to you, and them to others, so encourage them to draw close to God as well. What if you could stop or make things less harsh for someone else? There are so many goodies attached to the call from God…it teaches us to be selfless, it teaches us what genuine love looks like.
I read in the book ‘Elijah Among Us‘ where God used the author- John Sanford to intercede on behalf of his family and through his obedience God SAVED his son. ….”Another instance where God’s word of knowledge brought protection to our loved one involved Loren himself. He worked between semesters in the silver, lead and zinc mines… At the time, he was working 7,500 feet below the ground. One day, I had a sense of danger and said, “what is it, Lord?” He gave me knowledge through a mental picture of Loren in a stope, which is a step-like excavation formed by the removal of ore from around a mineshaft. A huge boulder was tumbling down from high above. I knew if it hit him, it would kill him. I cried out, “Lord, get him out of the way!” That night I told Loren what I had seen. He said, “Yeah, dad, that’s exactly what happened today. I don’t know how it missed me, but it did.” God gave me this vision of danger because he wanted to save my son and knew I would pray.”
God told him what was getting ready to happen and lead him to pray. His son were to meet death, but, through his connection to God, He was able to speak to John and his son walked away without being injured.
I have a personal story of my own, well, that happened in my family. God gave my dad a vision of my brother (who wouldn’t take heed no matter how many times my dad and I told him about his bike, and to be honest, we were fearful because so many young men in the district were dying from bike accidents and we did not want him to be one.) that he would get into a terrible accident and lead him to pray. Days later my dad called and give me the news that my brother broke his arm in a bike accident. He told me that God had given him a vision and that he had prayed, hearing this I began praising God, then I heard my father said “it should’ve been his neck” I stopped for a deep minute of silence, moments later my praise turned into praise and tears of joy. Thanking God so much, for looking out for my family! My brother’s neck should’ve been broken according to the vision, but my father’s connection to God helped him intercede for his son whom walked away without fatal injuries.
So you see, being close to God has many wonderful benefits, including saving the lives of our loved ones (but I’m sure you already know this). My father does not take credit for my brother’s life being saved. We know that God and we are his vessels, I even believe that HE even allowed us to respond and say YES to him. Our obedience in getting up in the middle of the night or whenever we are lead to pray, rewards us more years with our loved ones and closer to God. Your obedience to God’s call and or obedience will blow your mind! You never know who is standing in prayer for you… Answer and stand for your families too.
God has been calling my brother-in-law for sometime now and I believe that If he had answer the call, God would’ve probably given him knowledge of what was getting ready to happen and lead him to pray. At the same time, when God gives US (people like you and me) this knowledge, we can also intercede for people like my brother-in-law (and others like this in your life) and ask God to stir their spirits, open their ears and lead them to answer his call and be reconciled to Him.
God is sooooo faithful and good to us! I love him so so much!!! I know someone who would use the phrase “off the chains” when something is incredible or huge in amount whether it be a delicious meal or the actions of another… ‘God is off the chains y’all!!!’
2Chron 30:9 “For if you return to the Lord, your relatives and your children will be treated mercifully by their captors, and they will be able to return to this land. For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful. If you return to him, he will not continue to turn his face from you.”