[CF Devotionals] 2016-10-05 - Missing

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Lately, things have changed in our household. Within two months of our kids going back to college, the last two of our three dogs of close to eighteen years passed away. Notwithstanding the fact I was worn out physically as well as mentally, it was quite an abrupt stop to activity. Now the kids will go and come back in a cyclical type pattern, even after they have both graduated and are on their own. But with those three pups, it’s final, at least for now. And when any of your people are missing, there is a period of adjustment, in which things are just weird. Patterns change, activities shift, rearrangement of items happens, needs we once had don’t exist, due to all of it. Things are just not going to be the same. It’s not something we really get over. We just figure out how to live with it.

Have you ever considered what it must be like for God? He created all of us to ultimately be with Him. He knows that some will not end up with him. As much as He would like, with free will, it’s inevitable - as shown as the King of Tyre (is described in Ezekiel 28) who chose earthly death over life. As much as I miss my sweet pups, it doesn’t compare to how God feels about what’s missing from the original plan, when His children choose to walk away.

“The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying, Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord God; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God: Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee: With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches: Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas. Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee. Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.” (Ezekiel 28:1-10)

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