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).
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
- What should we do when our children go farther and farther astray, and God doesn’t seem to be doing anything?
- Which prayer promise will you claim for your children today?
Scripture taken from New International Version unless otherwise noted