I recently read a news article about a man in Georgia who accidentally left his 22-month-old child in his car while he went into work, resulting in the death of the child. This man was supposed to drop his child off at daycare but obviously there were other things on this man’s mind. We have all forgotten things, made bad decisions, mistakes…. This however will undoubtedly change this man’s life forever. He will have a lot of time to think about this as he sits in jail without bond, facing a murder charge with an added felony of cruelty to children in the first degree. “What have I done? What have I done? I’ve killed our child!” were the words witnesses heard him scream after trying to resuscitate his child.
For some reason I believe this father loved his child dearly. I have no actual proof, but I can just vision the moments of him playing peek-a-boo, changing diapers, and making funny faces… in every way trying to provide security, protection, and love for his child. There is no love like that between a parent and a child. I cant help but to wonder what was on this man’s mind as he drove to work that made him forget his son was in his car? Was it work? Did he have a fight with his wife? Was he in horrible debt? Did him mom develop cancer? We will never know what he was thinking about… May I be so bold as to propose what I do not believe he was thinking about that morning? God. (Reports have since speculated that there is a possibility the father may have intentionally left his kid in the car)
I’m going to speculate here, attempting not to judge as I do not know the relationship this man may have with the Lord. It is just that the Bible is filled with scriptures of God’s protection for those who love Him. This is not to say that nothing bad will ever happen to a God fearing person. I just want to make this point so that we can understand the importance of being in a right relationship with God to help provide security and protection for our family. Here are just 2 of the many, many scriptures that refer to God being our protector.
Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge — no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. (Psalm 91:9-10)
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusts in thee. (Psalm 84:11-12)
The other night I was not feeling well, this caused me to wake up around 1:00 am and headed downstairs to get in the hot tub. (This tends to make me temporarily feel better and allows me to fall back to sleep easily) As I hopped in the hot tub I could heard rumblings of thunder nearby, soon a drizzle began to fall. Laying in the water, beginning to pray, I heard a small voice say “sunroof.” I immediately remembered that my son had driven my truck and left the sunroof open, I jumped out and ran to my truck…. beating the downpour by mere seconds. Ironically, this event occurred on the same day that this man left his child in the car. I’d give my truck and much more for this man to have back his son. I can’t help but to wonder if God tried to warn him also, but he was unable to hear His voice because of so many things going through his mind. This too is a question of which we cannot answer.
How many times does God try to help us, yet we are so preoccupied with everything but him that we are rendered deaf to hearing Him? Psalm 91:14, “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.” We are told in Isaiah 41:10 “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Similarly, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe. Proverbs 18:10. We could go on and on, but you get the point. We are safest, our family is safest, when we as men dwell with God in a right relationship. Do not underestimate this.
As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. Psalm 18:30
Blessed is Best!!
Shared by Chad Hellenthal