Do you have a relative or friend, someone you love, who is walking the dangerous path of self-destruction? I do. I have loved ones who struggle with addictions, who bounce in and out of jail, and it’s painful to watch. It’s painful to hear about because I also love the folks who tear their heart out praying and hoping that these loves ones will change their ways. We pray that they will see the light, God’s light, and come ‘homeboy’.
On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.
We continue to pray for our loved ones. We continue to lift them up in prayer. We continue to trust God’s timing and will, even when they are not our own. That’s hard to do. But the Bible is clear when it reminds us that we are to pray for others, pray for their salvation, but we can’t question the Almighty about it. Job learned that the hard way. The Apostle Paul was never relieved of his ‘thorn’. Judas Iscariot never repented. He is no less God when our loved ones rebel and never return, than He is when an elderly relative passes with the name of Jesus on their lips. I guess the question is not “what would Jesus do” but more “what will you do?” Will you hold your affections from Him when He doesn’t answer your prayers, your way, your time? Or do you fall in with the prophets and the psalmist who say “I will still praise your name! Even in the midst of calamity, I shall praise your name” (Psalm 22:22-24; Psalm 138:7-8))
I have listened to country music for a long time and really have a lot of respect for Eric Church. His music tells stories and he doesn’t shy away from the painful ones. His song “Homeboy” isn’t about anything personal in his past. He allows the music to speak to those of us who hear it.