I’ll respond to this article. Confronting the terror of Ziklag.
My wife and I are both youth pastors, our son of 21 was living home with us (his bro.19) and working and attending school. I feel that we had a good relationship but he was very secerative and one day we approached him about a young girl who we knew his older brother 27 had a relationship with. He swore that they were not seing each other. Then five months later he comes to us and said that he had lied to us and now this young girl 19 was pregnant. My whole world just dropped, because this was the son we expected to remain a virgin until marriage, boy, WOW. This was the young girl’s second child with another man, this was not what we wanted for our son, but what could we do? Pray. we tried to talk with him and give wise counsel, but he would stay out late , get up early 6.00am and go by her apt. to baby sit the 4 yr old and then drop her to day care and he headed to work and school@ 5pm.
This contunied for some 2 months then one day he came again and said I am going to move in with my girlfriend. We said no, but one month later after much prayer we just saw where this was not working, he was a young man 21 and this was what he wanted to do no matter him being a Christian. So he packed up and left to shack up all against what we had taught him. My heart as a dad was broken and crushed, caused he added later as we talked about his move that they were gonna get married. I asked him who counselled them no response. So when is the wedding, no response. So I felt shut out as a father, wow, what pain. Now my son is going to live in Ziklag.
So our responsibility right now is to pray for him, we realize that he’s a young adult and he has to live his own life, even though he’s now heeding to wise counsel.
What should we do Lord? Pray for the scale to be removed from his eyes and pray for your healing as a father just to release him and allow Jesus to heal this relationship