They shall be My people, and I will be their God; and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good and for the good of their children after them. (Jeremiah 32:38 and 39)
For our good, and THE GOOD OF OUR CHILDREN AFTER US! Is it possible that too many of us have either prided ourselves on our parenting (as long as it seemed to be working!) or threw ourselves into deepest despair when it seemed to have failed? The Christmas season is an awful time to be overwrought as a parent, to be unbelieving and fearful.
The God of our Fathers was God of our fathers, and will be to our children, always! Let’s neither take too much nor too little upon ourselves. When God makes promises regarding our children, let’s seize upon them, hold them fast, never let them go, and battle accordingly! We know we cannot “save” our children … oh, the deep despair we can feel when they are troubled or unbelieving!! … but do we know that what has been given to us by the Lord is guarded by Him with more jealousy, with far greater strength, than by us?
We kept our children while they were with us, as Jesus kept His disciples (John 17:12.). We kept them in the Name of the Lord and guarded them. We gave them the Word of the Lord. And if we didn’t know to do that when they were with us, if we came late to faith, today is the day of salvation and we give them to God now, for they really are ours to give in a parental reality. They are our children. Possessive pronoun.
There’s more . . . tomorrow …
Your Name is Lord, Father God, and Jesus is Your saving, keeping Son. What do we have more precious to give than our children, and what would we ask You to guard above their hearts and souls? Nothing matters more, and yet You give all good things to us to enjoy. We ask for the peace and the assurance we crave regarding our children, according to Your Word, and we will have it, for that grace is with You, Loving FATHER. Amen.
Ernest F., by permission, Wikipedia