Family Troubles

O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You. My soul thirsts for You. My flesh longs for You in a dry and weary land, where there is no water.
(Psalm 63:2 TLV)

We often find that our troubles and burdens are often tied to our family. This is true around the world. In June 1995, Sheikh Khalafi bin Hamad al-Thani (the Emir of Qatar) was vacationing in Switzerland, when he heard that his son had deposed him in a coup. He vowed to return and regain the throne. However, he could not; his son remained the new leader of the nation.

No doubt the Emir of Qatar was embarrassed by his own son’s behavior. As I said, our troubles are often family related. The same thing happened to King David near the end of his life when his son Absalom rebelled against him in 2 Samuel 15. David was brokenhearted over his son’s actions and poured out his heart to God in the Judean desert in Psalm 63.
“For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to You— Your right hand upholds me.” (Psalm 63:8-9 TLV)

The reality is we are often most hurt and are burdened by those we love. As Job told us “Yet man is born for trouble, as surely as sparks fly upward.” (Job 5:7 TLV)

When you are blessed by a family member, rejoice in God. When you are burdened by a family member, rest in God.