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We have to live out what we teach children…

This is not a post about parenting.  I simply want to use an analogy based on the concept of parenting.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Ephesians 6:1

We call on our children to obey us, as this is what the Lord calls for them to do.  This is an easy thing to say to our children when we need for them to do something.  If a child is in need of a medical procedure, they are usually going to be scared.  If it was left up to them, they would rather ignore the need for medical intervention.  I had a time where my gigantic tonsils needed to be removed, and I tried everything that I could to talk my parents out of going through with the procedure.  I could not see the long-term benefits that would come out of this surgery.  My parents knew that this was what was best for me, and thus I had to endure the suffering of this process for the long-term benefits.  My parents knew what was best for me.  A season of suffering was much better than the alternative.

As parents, we consider ourselves wiser and more equipped to handle the path of our children.  Sometimes we just want to look at them and say, “Trust me because you know my love is pure and has your best interest in mind.”  We just look at them and wonder why they cannot trust us in our superior wisdom.  Why then, do we become the cantankerous child when it comes to matters relating to our God.  His Love is pure, and His Plan is much greater than anything we could plan.

1 John 5:4 says, “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”

If we believe the truth spoken in His Word, we have confirmation that God knows the best path for us.  It is easy to look at our children and wonder why they trust us.  We are in control, which feels safe.  When we lose that control, we sometimes panic.  When you cannot see the entire path, you must walk in faith.  This is a constant process for us, as we are broken as humans.  We must trust in God.  We cannot see the entire path, but we can see the next step and the last step.  We must trust the steps, in between, to our Heavenly Father.  If my steps between the next and last contain seasons of suffering, I trust that this is the best path for me.  One of my favorite songs by Casting Crowns sums it up best for me.

Just Be Held

Hold it all together
Everybody needs you strong
But life hits you out of nowhere
And barely leaves you holding on

And when you’re tired of fighting
Chained by your control
There’s freedom in surrender
Lay it down and let it go

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held

If your eyes are on the storm
You’ll wonder if I love you still
But if your eyes are on the cross
You’ll know I always have and I always will

And not a tear is wasted
In time, you’ll understand
I’m painting beauty with the ashes
Your life is in My hands

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held

Lift your hands, lift your eyes
In the storm is where you’ll find Me
And where you are, I’ll hold your heart
I’ll hold your heart
Come to Me, find your rest
In the arms of the God who won’t let go

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
(Stop holding on and just be held)
Just be held, just be held
Just be held, just be held

Songwriters: JOHN MARK HALL, MATTHEW WEST, BERNIE HERMS

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