When my children disobey, sometimes I can be so consumed with the personal affront that I forget my primary mission always- to point them to God.
For it is God whom they should feel the most remorse toward, not me.
And obeying Him should be their primary concern, not obeying me.
Even as I write this, I am thinking of Ephesians 6:1, and I am not undermining the position of leadership God has placed us in over our children- but I was struck yesterday by the singular importance of always directing our children to God.
Our job to help them understand how to relate to Him, what pleases Him, to teach them about His character and answer the question my daughter so aptly asked yesterday, “Should I love God more than you?”
I want my children to always have a tender heart toward God. To understand that the love that I have for them will never be as pure and lovely as the constant devotion of their Creator and Savior.
I cannot always be with them, but they have the Holy Spirit- their counselor and comforter.
Even from a young age, we can prepare them to face those times without us in confidence, knowing that God never leaves nor forsakes them.
He is faithful and fully present in every moment, no matter what (not me).
He will never be distracted by other pressing issues or siblings (but I will).
He does not become distracted by self or his own sinfulness (like me).
He can purely love and supply all that they need.
So I found myself praying today:
Lord, help me to teach them to seek You first, even now. Their identity in you and their obedience to you is what truly matters over the course of this life. As I seek you in prayer with my children, and in those precious teaching opportunities each day- let me not waste a single moment to invest Your Truth in their precious hearts. To build a foundation in Your Word that cannot be shaken. That like David, they would have a tender heart that says “Against you and you alone have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.” Thank you Lord that my husband and I do not parent alone, but can entrust our children to your care, knowing you love them more deeply and purely than we ever will. All praise and honor and glory to my King now and forever- I place my trust in you. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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