His Heart Was Broken

“Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him. For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the Lord brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.” Exodus 15: 1-2, 19 King James Version

We have a Heavenly Father who is very protective of us. He protects us from the storms of life and He also protects us from ourselves when we try to do things and go places that are not good for us or are not in His perfect will for our lives. We should always thank and praise God for His protection just as Moses and the children of Israel thanked and praised Him. However, when He had to drown Pharaoh and his army in the sea, it broke His heart.

Yes, His heart was broken that day when He brought the waters of the sea upon Pharaoh and his army. His heart will always be broken and He will always hurt when He has to punish us. Our dear Heavenly Father is a loving Father and it hurts Him to have to punish us. I believe with all of my heart that when He had to make satan leave Heaven that He hurt and His heart was broken.

God will always protect the ones who are being abused and mistreated, but we need to remember that He loves everybody and it hurts Him when He has to act harshly with people. We would do well as parents to have this same kind of love for our children that God has for His children.

When we have to correct and punish our children we need to do it out of a heart of love to teach them right from wrong, not because we are angry with them. It is very important that when we do have to correct our children and punish them that we tell them that we still love them. They may not believe us but we need to prove that we love them by not treating them like they are terrible children. There are some parents who will not speak to their children when they do something wrong. I am so glad that our precious Heavenly Father still talks to us when we are disobedient.

Is your heart broken when you have to correct your children, or does it make you happy when you can put them in their rooms so you don’t have to look at them? If God can still look at us and talk to us after we fail Him, how much more should we as parents treat our children the same way. Every time that you and I do something or say something that upsets God and He has to correct us, He does it because He loves us. Let’s determine to be the kind of parents to our children as God is to us.

Copyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.

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