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21. Wondrous things: Though it linger, wait for it.

God can work in our children’s wrong choices. He can use evil influence to bring about good. God can reach us in our sin! We pray for our children, and we see God’s answers by faith.

“Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (Habakkuk 2:3)

Worship Our Father, He Is Working

What can we do when our children stray and we don’t see God working? We can join the Psalmist when he says:

“Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel,
Who only does wondrous things!” (Psalm 72:18 NKJV)

God is always at work in our children’s lives, whether we see it or not, and God only does wondrous things! We cannot think of anything God has done that is not wondrous. God made everything from nothing.

Fix Your Faith in the Wonder

How wondrous the unsearchable galaxies that extend so far into space we can’t even begin to count them!

How wondrous the elusive microorganisms that challenge our most powerful microscopes to explore their detail!

How wondrous the human body that began as dust and returns to dust yet lives with such awesome splendor!

How wondrous the uniqueness of each blade of grass, each drop of rain, each human soul!

How wondrous that the God who reigns over all his creation would allow his most prized creation, mankind, the freedom to choose to rebel!

And wonder of wonders that this great God would redeem the creature by becoming the created and suffering the full penalty in himself for our rebellious choice!

This God–our God–is always at work to bring individuals into a love relationship with himself. We can be assured that God is doing something wondrous in our children’s lives right now.

Find Fulfillment in the Waiting

We don’t see everything that happens in our children’s lives. We don’t have access to God’s communication with them. We may not be aware of the witness God sent to our children yesterday. We can’t hear the words of a scripture that sounds over and over in their minds.

We can’t see all that God is doing. We must not assume that God is not working just because of our unawareness of his presence. On the contrary, we must assume that God is working because of his awareness of our need.

We can ask God to let us see a little glimpse of his activity in our children’s lives. We can begin to recognize everything that happens in our children’s lives as God’s working to bring our children to himself. Whatever is happening in our children’s lives, we are seeing God at work. The happening is God working!

God can even work in our children’s wrong choices. Our powerful God can use evil influence to bring about good. God can reach us in our sin!

Wield the Weapons of our Warfare

We can unleash God’s power through prayer. God has ordained prayer as the means by which his work is done on earth. Our prayers have the power to bind Satan and to free God’s Spirit to open our children’s eyes and draw them to Himself.

What a wonder that God would allow us this privilege to cooperate with Him through prayer!

There are many prayer promises. Here are just a few of them:

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13-14).

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you” (John 15:7).

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19).

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (Luke 10:19).

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15).

Application

What can we do when we don’t see God at work? We can praise the wonder of our God. We can recognize that what we do see is God’s work. We can cooperate with God through prayer. We can rest assured that God has already answered our prayers.

The drama of God’s work is unfolding day by day in this world captured by time. God’s answer is on its way, and we can see the vision through faith.

“Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24).

Thought for Today

“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (Habakkuk 2:3).

Question for Discussion

  1. What should we do when our children go farther and farther astray, and God doesn’t seem to be doing anything?
  2. Which prayer promise will you claim for your children today?

Called to Be a Mother – Contents

Scripture taken from New International Version unless otherwise noted

03. Living God’s Word: Teaching our children day by day

As mothers, our first responsibility, and God’s #1 commandment to parents, is to love God supremely. We’re to live and teach God’s Word to our children day by day, moment by moment.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart….” (Matthew 22:37).

Our First Responsibility

As mothers, our #1 responsibility is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and might. Jesus crowned all the commandments with this one. And this is God’s first commandment for parents in Deuteronomy 6:5.

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ “This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38).

“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7).

We will not be perfect parents. There will always be more we could have done. But if our treasure is in God all along the way, we will constantly look to Him for leadership.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).

We are to love the Lord supremely, and keep obedience to God foremost in our hearts. We are to teach our children that God is to be #1 in their lives also. We are to talk about obedience to God’s precepts throughout the day at every opportunity. God is to be so much a part of our lives that our love for him flows naturally into conversation and action.

He knows what he has planned for each child. He knows we have already missed the mark of his perfect plan. That’s why he sent the Savior to redeem those who will look to Him.

Only he knows the way from where our children are to where he wants them to be. We may lead them in general terms, but only God knows how to get there from here. The Holy Spirit will impress upon us that little extra we are to do at this moment to help that individual son or daughter to see God more clearly.

We are to teach our children the Word of God. We are to read it, talk about it, love it, honor it, reverence it, obey it, memorize it, and treasure it. We should tell our children often that, while we may not have many earthly riches to give them, we give them a gift far greater than all the riches in the world, our most valued treasure, the Word of God.

Our Promise

What an inheritance we give them! And we have this promise: Every nugget from God’s Word that we put into our children’s minds and hearts will not return void, but will accomplish God’s purpose in their lives.

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

What a promise!

Day by Day

The Bible says we are to teach our children little by little as we go through the years with them. Little by little, year by year, day by day, moment by moment. We may only have moments that are ours to teach our children God’s precepts. But let us make those moments count.

“Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he explaining his message? To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast? For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule ; a little here, a little there” (Isaiah 28:9-10, NIV).

“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” (Isaiah 28:10, KJV).

God Will Do It

The God who fed a multitude with a little boy’s lunch (John 6:8-13) will multiply our moments also if we do the best we can to raise our children for God in the moments he gives us!

Were it up to us to make sure our children did not depart from the training we give them, what hope would there be? But God is the one who has called us to train them in the way they should go. And God is the one who has promised that they will not depart from our training. And God is the one who is faithful. God will ever remind them of the training we’ve woven into their lives.

The further they stray, the more he will call to mind what we’ve taught them about him. God will never let them go.

“The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

What a mighty God we serve!

Application

Give God the #1 place in your life today. Begin to teach your children God’s principles little by little, day by day, as you go through everyday life with them. Ask God to help you and trust him to guide each step of the way.

Thought to Remember

The further our children stray, the more God will call to mind what we’ve taught them about him. God will never let them go.

Questions for Discussion

  1. What is God’s #1 commandment for parents?
  2. How do our shortcomings as parents affect God’s promises?
  3. How do we know the way each individual child should go?
  4. What is the most important thing we are to teach our children?
  5. How are we to train our children?
  6. Whose responsibility is it to make sure our children do not depart from the Scriptural training we provide?
  7. Where can we get the wisdom we need to train our children?

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Scripture taken from New International Version unless otherwise noted