John 16:4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.
Our Savior told the Apostles certain things concerning His ministry when He had dtermined the time was right. Our desire to know what the Lord has planned for our lives means very little to that Divine timeline which exists with the Creator Himself.
We may plan and plot a course of action, even asking for divine guidance in our endeavors, but unless GOD wills it, those actions generally end in failure.
We need to read Scripture, earnestly pray in faith, and consider every option when considering what we think the Lord wants us to do so we do not end our attempt in futility.
The Lord will reveal to us what is needed at the proper moment & not before.
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Loves work for believers includes loving our enemies as the Savior stated on the Sermon of the Mount.
This may seem foolish in todays world of perpetual violence and death but regardless, as Christians we are told this is one of the ways the world will know who we are.
Love requires more than feelings, love is manifested in how we treat others.
So do good and remember the above quoted verses. Praise our Savior, Jesus the Christ.
Matthew 1:24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
When you consider the role and importance of stepfathers, remember Joseph. His stepson was the Son of GOD, the Creator knew Joseph would be a worthy steward and father to HIS Son.
Being a stepfather is as important as being the childs actual father.
So if you feel like you’re spinning your wheels trying to raise a stepchild, remember, whatever you do directs that child in their adult life.