This past weekend, Pastor Steven mentioned something very profound that his wife Holly said to him shortly after having their first child, Elijah. She said, “Trusting God with the life of your children is a lifelong process that only gets more challenging with time.”
This statement challenged me to think about how I am working through the process of trusting God with my kids. As I have thought about it, here are the 5 areas (I’m sure that there are plenty more) that my wife and I are going to work on this year.
1: Trust God to Save
1 Timothy 2:3-4 – This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
2: Trust God to Guide
Psalm 37:23-24 – The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
3: Trust God to Plan
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
4: Trust God to Provide
Matthew 6:26 – Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
5: Trust God to Develop / Mature
1 Corinthians 13:11 – When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
While this is certainly not a complete list, it is a start. After all, it’s a process not a project. We would love to hear how these or other ideas have helped you learn how to trust God with your child.
Because of His mercy and for His glory,
Note: You can click here to watch Pastor Steven’s message (This particular illustration begins at the 11th minute)