Trust In Him
Sometimes as a parent, and especially a mother, it’s a challenge to separate your emotional love and care for your children from worrying for your children. Anyone who has ever had a mother or has ever been a mother, is familiar with this sort of worrywart nature. It’s almost as if you’re taught unless you worry, you’re not a real, loving mother. I can look back to my childhood and recall instance after instance where my mom expressed her love for me through worry. And, as a mother, I can think of instance after instance in my life where I’ve expressed my love for my children through worry. This may seem normal, because it is the “norm”, but it’s not God’s highest and best.
Proverbs 3:5, says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding.” We all know that our kids don’t know everything. Many times our children are with others many hours of the day whether at school, or at a job, at daycare, or even often times at an ex-spouse’s house. We all know that this world is full of dangerous things and negative influences, but the Word here says to lean not on our own understanding. We must not focus our attention on the “what ifs” or the “what could be’s” but instead we must focus on trusting God. Look at Isaiah 12:2, “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid…” Remember that worry can’t add anything to our lives (Matt. 6:27) and that fear opens the door for all those things to come in and wreak havoc (Job 3:25).
One of the meanings of this word “salvation” is victory. I love what one of my spiritual leaders reminded me of recently when I asked about an issue I was concerned over. He said, “No matter what, we have the victory. We have to remember that.” We have to remember that the Lord is always our victory, even when our minds, even when circumstances, even when emotions tell us otherwise. Remember, 1 Corinthians 15:57, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” We need to remember to answer those worries and questions with this scripture. “What if my child makes a bad decision?” “What if my child gets hurt?” “What if my child fails?” “What if my child gets sick?” “Thanks be to God who always give me the victory. No plan of the devil can win against my God. My children walk in protection and fulfill the plan of God all the days of their lives.”
Remember Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” When we are tempted to express fear and concern for our children, or for others we love, we must remember that just as God’s words have creative ability, our words have creative ability. Are we calling into existence that destruction we fear? If so, let’s change that and start calling in the victory and the salvation instead. Look at the first part of Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification…” It’s time to start building up those we love, especially our children who are under our care. Amen?!