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Day by Day - Nov. 25, 2010


Faith or Family
by Charles R. Swindoll

Hebrews 11:8-10

More than fifty years ago, my parents were not convinced that Cynthia was the best mate for me. They were sincere, but on that matter, they were wrong. Had I listened to them, I would not have married the woman I should have married.

We recently celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary.

Now, if they are believers and if they're walking with the Lord, parents are usually good counselors on most things. But they don't walk on water. Sometimes parents can be shortsighted and selfish. This is also true of other family members, and sometimes your immediate family represents the most difficult part of your obeying the will of God. They may even become resentful or angry when they disagree with your life decisions. But when a crisis of belief occurs, faith and obedience must prevail. Releasing and risking will be required. First and foremost we are to do God's will. That's Obedience 101!

Faith, not sight, is what works here. Just turn your decisions over to the Lord, rest in the confidence that He is working out His plan for your life, and He will fix things up with your family.

The One to whom we should be faithful invented the family! 

Reprinted by permission. Day by Day, Charles Swindoll, July 2005, Thomas Nelson, inc., Nashville, Tennessee. All rights reserved. Purchase "Day by Day" here.

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