Blessing or breaking...we will experience both, and as much as we hate the breaking, it serves a purpose too. Its hard to wrap our head around, but perhaps if we truly care about the salvation of those we are fiercely protecting, we might be more inclined to let God do what He does best. God’s objective is nearness to Him / salvation / eternal life, not short-term comfort.
I am uberly guilty of trying to stop the breakings...But I’m so convicted by the wise words of Oswald Chambers... “One of the hardest lessons to learn comes from our stubborn refusal to refrain from interfering in other people’s lives. It takes a long time to realize the danger of being an amateur providence, that is, interfering with God’s plan for others. You see someone suffering and say, “He will not suffer, and I will make sure that he doesn’t.” You put your hand right in front of God’s permissive will to stop it, and then God says, “What is that to you?” Is there stagnation in your spiritual life? Don’t allow it to continue, but get into God’s presence and find out the reason for it. You will possibly find it is because you have been interfering in the life of another— proposing things you had no right to propose, or advising when you had no right to advise. When you do have to give advice to another person, God will advise through you with the direct understanding of His Spirit. Your part is to maintain the right relationship with God so that His discernment can come through you continually for the purpose of blessing someone else.”
There will be lots of conversations around tables soon. Will we let God finish His work, or will we step in and try to take control?
Though we don’t know God’s plans, we can be present, listening, loving...and always praying.