Okay Lord Jesus,
You are so faithful, so righteous, so true. So loving, so perfect, so divine! What would You have me write tonight? How may I bless Your people? I pray for Your goodness, Your love, Your truth to speak tonight. I have no words. I have only joy and happiness and a thankful heart. I want to do my mothers study but I have no desire to press on. What have You? (heard in my heart)
“Joy. Truth. You’re a mom. I have given you all you need. I gave you authority when I gave you children. I set you above them as their guardian, their teacher, their ruler. ”
Deuteronomy 5:16 “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”
At first I wanted to skip over this verse and not study it. Because I already covered it in Exodus 20 in this post! But apparently the Lord has more to share!
Are you feeling discouraged in your parenting? Feeling unqualified? Feeling completely clueless? LOL. We’ve all been there. But God’s requirement for children to honor their parents says more than just that God chose us (which is a big deal!). By giving us children, God put each of us in positions of authority. If you’ve been following this study, you’ll remember that I’ve often asked why God chooses to trust us with His children instead of creating them fully grown and going from there.
When I had my first (Lila – she’s only 4 now!) I had a LOT of growing up to do. Ha! Of course, I didn’t think that at the time…looking back I see it easily. But I think that by giving us children, God is actually putting us in a place of authority that we may never have had an opportunity for, apart from parenting. He is literally putting us in charge of other peoples’ lives! How’s that for a challenge! Many people (myself included) tend to shy away from challenges that force us to lead and take responsibility. “Let someone else take care of it,” we say. “I don’t know what to do about it — someone else has to be more equipped than me to deal with this.”
Uh, you can’t do that with your own kids. If you’re a parent and you’re honest, you’ll admit there have been times when you have not known what to do next. You’re at your wit’s end. You’ve tried everything. But trying everything doesn’t guarantee that it will all work itself out. Nope. You have to keep going! You can’t just give up on your kids. Even as they become adults, don’t give up on them in prayer! The authority that the Lord gives us when we have children is a special gift that will cause us to grow up – in Him and in our hearts.
So thank You Lord for commanding our children to honor us. For as they honor us, we become leaders.
**Wow – this blogging every day thing has really taught me how to listen and depend on Him for the next message! What a lesson in faith. I hope you don’t mind me inviting you along for the ride!