God is Big Enough-Even for Today
Every so often, my wife and I will get word that a grandchild and their spouse are expecting a new addition to their home. Each time, we will look at each other and say, “I would hate to be bringing another child into the perversion of this world.” They are probably similar words to what my parents said when my wife and I announced the pending birth of our children. Each generation believes that raising children in their day was difficult enough, how much more sin and degradation can these young people face? But God…
But God is not surprised. Jesus told His followers that evil men would wax worse and worse. He had this day in mind when He said those words…and however many days follow it. Yet He never warns a generation to stop having children at a certain point. Rather, He tells us that His grace and His strength is sufficient for whatever day we face. That no matter how much evil piles up, the grace piled upon grace is even greater.
Maybe, and this is just a wild thought, God’s promises are as true for the world we live in today as they were the day, centuries ago, when He made them.
I borrowed this from an unidentified “dad” on Facebook. This dad could have written these words when the Christians were fleeing to other parts of the world to escape persecution before the end of the first century. He could have written them when Christians were being burned at the stake. He could have written them in the depths of WWII when millions of people across the globe were dying, or he could write them today. They are timeless words.
Don’t feel sorry for or fear for your kids because the world they are going to grow up in is not what it used to be. God created them and called them for the exact moment in time that they’re in. Their life wasn’t a coincidence or an accident. Raise them up to know the power they walk in as children of God. Train them up in the authority of His Word. Teach them to walk in faith knowing that God is in control. Empower them to know they can change the world. Don’t teach them to be fearful and disheartened by the state of the world but hopeful that they can do something about it. Every person in all of history has been placed in the time that they were in because of God’s sovereign plan. He knew Daniel could handle the lion’s den. He knew David could handle Goliath. He knew Esther could handle Haman. He knew Peter could handle persecution. He knows that your child can handle whatever challenge they face in their life if they trust in Him. He created them specifically for it! Don’t be scared for your children, but be honored that God chose you to parent the generation that is facing the biggest challenges of our lifetime. Rise up to the challenge. Raise Daniels, Davids, Esthers and Peters! God isn’t scratching His head wondering what He’s going to do with this mess of a world. He has an army He’s raising up to drive back the darkness and make Him known all over the earth. Don’t let your fear steal the greatness God placed in them. I know it’s hard to imagine them as anything besides our sweet little babies, and we just want to protect them from anything that could ever be hard on them, but they were born for such a time as this.
Just some thoughts from a dad who is rocking his sleeping baby and thinking about what a crazy day it has been in our country.
Some words from the Apostle Paul:
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 2 Corinthians 3:5 KJV
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 2 Corinthians 9:8 KJV