6:27 p.m. The best part of a package.
A wonderful article from Ed Welch to consider and apply as we pray and trust God for our children:
The Apostle Paul wrote, “Continue in what you have learned and become convinced of” (2 Timothy 3:14) because he knew some who had not continued.
We share his concerns. We share them especially for our children as they become increasingly independent. Statistics vary widely but one thing is clear, many children who were raised in Christian homes leave the faith they once professed.
We can’t make our children continue in the faith, but we aren’t left anxious and passive. We can give our children the privilege of being in a family where they are taught about, participate in, and witness life with Jesus.
When fear for our children grips us, we often look for something “new” to help us deal with it. But instead, we must rely on the true and the tried strategies from God’s Word. They are:
Prayer: “...do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
Promises: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
Saints throughout the centuries have leaned on God’s promises and called out to Him in prayer. And each and every time, they have found Him to be faithful. “I sought the Lord,” David tells us, “and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).
So let’s follow the example of David and that “great cloud of witnesses.” Let’s seek God through constant prayer, and in the space of His promises, let’s park our souls.
~from the archives
“What if, sometimes, there are mists and fogs so thick that I cannot see the path? ‘Tis enough that You hold my hand, and guide me in the darkness; for walking with You in the gloom–is far sweeter and safer than walking alone in the sunlight!
Dear Lord, give me grace to trust You wholly, whatever may befall; yielding myself up to Your leading, and leaning hard on You when “dangers are in the path.” Your way for me has been marked out from all eternity, and it leads directly to Yourself and home!”
If you have a wayward child you are worried about, who won’t even listen to the gospel from church or from you, remember this truth:
There is no better evangelist in the world than the Holy Spirit.” ~D.L. Moody
Nancy Wilson is right: mothers are tempted to be worriers. And maybe our greatest worry is about our children’s salvation. We know that nothing is so important as the state of their soul before a Holy God. And if we are unsure about their salvation, or if we are sure they are not saved, we can be tempted to worry.
We easily forget that salvation isn’t something we give our kids. It is a gift that only God imparts.
Mark Dever reminds us that “According to the Bible, our repentance and faith are gifts of God to us; our conversion, our great change, occurs only by God’s grace.”
Only by God’s grace. So often we recognize and appreciate this about our own salvation. We wouldn’t dream of taking credit for our repentance and faith, and we would never credit the person who shared the gospel with us with actually saving us. We know without a doubt that the change that occurred in our soul was only by the powerful initiative of the Holy Spirit. Salvation comes from God alone.
But when it comes to our children, we can fall into thinking that their salvation is, at least in part, dependent upon us. Even though we would never say it, our worry reveals that we may actually be living as if we thought we could save our children.
We must look to God. He alone is the author of our children’s salvation. This doesn’t remove our responsibility to share and model the gospel to our children. But it does remove our worry.
So let’s not “worry our children away” but rather bring them to God in prayer. He alone can save.