Raising Kingdom Kids
Confidence God’s Way – Part 2
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 17:32-37
Key Verse: 1 Samuel 17:37a
“The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
As we continue, from yesterday’s devotional thoughts, please think about how David must have felt when he had a lion and a bear attack him. It is not a lot different than when we feel attacked by something or someone. The fear he felt is probably not any greater than the fear most parents feel when something is going wrong with their kids.
David had learned that God was able to handle an attack of a lion and one by a bear. When he faced Goliath, he simply remembered how faithful God was and that God could fight any battle for him. We believers have short memories sometimes. God helps us through a tough time, and we praise Him for it. Then a few months down the road we face another tough problem, and we forget all about anything God has done in the past.
If we are going to raise kingdom kids, we are going to need God’s help. I’m sure you agree with that statement. If God is going to help us, we need to take our hands off the controls. Obviously, God uses parents to speak into their children’s lives, but we can’t protect our kids from every possible bad thing that could happen. If we let that fear consume us, we get in the way of what God could teach our kids from those tough times.
Ephesians 2:10 reminds us that “we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” If this is true for us, it is true for our kids. God is working with you and through you to make your kids His masterpiece, a person doing great things for His Kingdom. You are not alone in this journey of parenting. Learn to turn your fears over to God and rest in His mighty power. Don’t allow your fears to make you, what one author called a “helicopter” parent; one who flies in to rescue a child every single time.
Father, I will allow you to do your work in my child, as I follow your lead. In Jesus’ Name, amen.