Families in Crisis
by PamFord Davis
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If you’re part of a family in crisis, take comfort. You’re not alone.

Financial and health problems are common and pervasive.

Families experience trials of divorce, domestic abuse, addictions, and sexual perversions.

You’re not alone.

The Bible contains many examples of families in crisis. The very first family lived in the perfect environment. Parents, Adam and Eve grieved as one son murdered the other.

Cain was guilty of premeditated murder.

“Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is Abel your brother?’

He said, ‘I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper (Genesis 4:8-9 NKJV)?”

I turn now to Lot. Drunkenness led to incest.

“Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve the lineage of our father (Genesis 19:32 NKJV).”

King David was guilty of adultery and murder. Add to that, son Amnon’s rape of sister Tamar.

“But she answered him, ‘No, my brother, do not force me, for no such thing should be done in Israel. Do not do this disgraceful thing! And I, where could I take my shame? And as for you, you would be like one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, please speak to the king; for he will not withhold me from you.’ However, he would not heed her voice; and being stronger than she, he forced her and lay with her (2 Samuel 13:12-14 NKJV).”

Later, son Absalom tried to take over the throne. Truly, David had a family in crisis.

You’re not alone.

“I will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5b NKJV).”

Wing His Words
Pam Ford Davis