«But thus says the Lord: Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered; for I will contend with him who contends with you, and / will save your children’ » (Isaiah 49:25).
Children are usually the greatest source of joy or concern for their parents. But many times, parents’ hearts have been distressed by situations surrounding their offsprings. They are exposed to so many dangers that parents tremble just at the thought of it. It is with deep sorrow that a parent discovers that his or her child has abandoned the ways of the Lord and has become confused by theories that reject God or the truth of His Word. It is also painful when a child gives in to debauchery, bad company, and vice. Nevertheless, God promises to provide both counsel and comfort to a parent’s saddened heart.
William was born in a humble family of farmers and had firsthand knowledge of hard work and poverty. Healthy and well-built, he had a balanced mind and a thirst for knowledge. He was independent, meditative and had a critical spirit. He had high moral value manifested in principles of generosity, simplicity and humbleness which had been instilled by his mother when he was young. Nevertheless, when he reached maturity, he was influenced by the Deists who opposed the Scriptures. Gradually, he began to adopt their beliefs while losing the safety of eternal happiness. The future seemed increasingly darker and, over time, his mood was filled with unhappiness, weeping and murmurings. Not knowing how to change after twelve long years of disbelief and skepticism, he picked up the Bible and was surprised at how this book, which he considered uninspired, left him with such and deep impressions. After many struggles, he finally acknowledged the Word of God and found in Jesus a best friend.
William Miller became one of the greatest religious reformers of the United States in the nineteenth century, who vigorously preached the second coming of Christ.
Behind every prodigal son is a parent who awaits his return. Ihe following promises are addressed to every parent who fervently prays for the salvation of his or her children, «And raised up your sons, O Zion . . . Then the Lord will be seen over them, The Lord of hosts will defend them . . . The Lord their God will save them in that day, as the flock of His people. For they shall be like the jewels of a crown, lifted like a banner over His land (Zech. 9:13-16).
Let us treasure with hope the assurance that comes from the promises of the Word of God, incessantly praying because in due time, we will see their fulfillment.