|作者簡介 鮑勃和黛比·蓋斯 Bob and Debby Gass 鮑勃·蓋斯牧師出生於北愛爾蘭貝爾法斯特，十八歲移居美國。 在他服事主超過四十多年後，於1992年開始著手寫The Word For You Today“得力的一天”。 他的靈修文章善於激勵與啟迪人心，更幫助許多讀者每日倚靠主、與主同行。 The Word For You Today“得力的一天”，最初在美國發行， 後來經由英國UCB電台的推廣，目前除了英國、澳洲，在全世界各地有不同的語言版本， 每季發行超過三百五十萬冊。 鮑勃·蓋斯牧師希望藉由每日的靈修小品， 使讀者得著神的啟示與靈感，更深切的渴慕神的話。|
A promise to praying parents
“They shall come back from the land of the enemy.”
Are you living under a cloud of guilt, feeling like a failure because your child has gone astray? Don't do it! The Bible teaches that sometimes children simply won't listen to the counsel of their parents. Solomon was probably giving a word of personal testimony when he wrote, “A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke” (Pr 13:1 NKJV). Jesus didn't hold the father accountable for the fact that his prodigal son went astray (See Lk 15:11). And if you did your best, God doesn't hold you accountable either. The truth is that bad parents sometimes turn out good children, and good parents sometimes have children who go bad. God's first two children were placed in a perfect paradise, yet they rebelled. Ultimately, we're all given the power to choose. There comes a time when every child is no longer a child, and has to take responsibility for his or her actions. So if you've done your best as a parent, don't let the Devil put a guilt trip on you. And if you've failed as a parent, it's not the unpardonable sin. Not only will God forgive you, but you can also claim this wonderful promise: “Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. There is hope in your future…that your children shall come back to their own border” (Jer 31:16-17 NKJV). Don't give up on your children, because God hasn't. Keep praying and believing—and allow Him to work on them.
Jeremiah 31:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
Thus says the Lord:
"Refrain your voice from weeping, And your eyes from tears; For your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord,
And they shall come back from the land of the enemy.