Day 54: Redemption and Grace Thrive

Read: Romans 11:1-5

    My grandfather was an alcoholic and a heavy smoker. He died when my dad was 12 due to complications that came from substance abuse. During that time, my grandmother wasn’t any better. She also partook in those bad habits as she raised her five kids. The majority of my father’s side of the family consisted of people who didn’t know God. And quite honestly, they didn’t care at all. When my dad was growing up, he lived close to everyone in his extended family, and they encouraged him to drink too much, smoke, and do drugs. They have no solid value system.    

Being tired of that lifestyle, my dad decided to go to church when he was 16, and, miraculously, he got saved. He turned his life around completely. His personality changed, and he stopped doing everything he knew was wrong, even though it had been instilled in him as normal. His entire family noticed this change and wanted to know why he suddenly decided to be different. Through his example, one of his brothers started going to church as well, ending another cycle of substance abuse and brought him to Christ.

     In Romans 11:1-5, Paul brings up an important question: “Has God rejected His people?” His response is immediate to say a resounding, “No!” He, being a descendant of Israel was talking about the people he came from.

He brought up the example of Elijah, during the time the Israelites were worshipping Baal. And yet, even during this time, there were still 7000 people that had not turned their backs on God. All this to say, that there were still good people within Israel, even if it didn’t seem like it. Even though some disobeyed, due to God’s grace, there were still those who were saved. Romans 11:4-5 says, “But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.”

    God has infinite abilities, and He can redeem broken families, just like He did with my dad and part of his family. Even during times of failure, God is still present and His grace is abundant.

    Are there sins in your family that you feel can’t be overcome? God’s grace and power can defeat any forces that may be bringing your family down. Pray for His strength and healing. Believe in His power to overcome.

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