“If we trust for ourselves, we must trust for our loved ones also, especially for our children. God is more their Father than their earthly fathers are, and if they are dear to us they are far dearer to Him. We cannot, therefore, do anything better for them than to trust them in God’s care, or do hardly anything worse for them than to try to keep them in our own care.
I knew a Christian mother who trusted peacefully for her own salvation but was racked with anxiety about her sons, who seemed entirely indifferent to all religious subjects. One evening she heard about putting those we love into the fortress of God by faith and leaving them there. Like a flash of heavenly light, she saw the inconsistency of hiding herself in God’s fortress and leaving her beloved sons outside. At once her faith took them into the fortress with her, and she abandoned them to the care of God.
She did this so fully that all her anxiety vanished and perfect peace dawned on her soul. She told me she felt somehow that her sons were God’s sons now and no longer hers. He loved them far better than she could and would care for them far more wisely and effectually. She held herself in readiness to do for them whatever the Lord might suggest, but she felt that He was the One who would know what was best, and she was content to leave the matter in His hands.” God is Enough – Hannah Whithall Smith p. 246
Quite the challenge: only trust Him – the One who fills the universe and knows every second our our future! Why is it so hard to do so when it comes to our children? 🙂
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. (especially ourselves!) Psalm 118:8
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Tom MacAvoy, pastor | Steam Valley Bible Church