As parents we try to raise “strong and tough” children. We want them to be victorious and to live above life’s disappointments and challenges. We will do anything to absorb their pain, or fix their hurts, etc. All this is good and honorable; however, we can’t shield them from life and what it throws their way. Our greater responsibility is to walk alongside them as they experience life and equip them to navigate the best response possible to life’s circumstances.
We are weak creatures and each and every day brings with it challenges that reveal our vulnerability. We were never intended to go it alone. That is where our faith comes in. When we can live life in front of our children, walking by faith and trust in our Heavenly Father, then they will “catch” that attitude and do the same. Matthew 26:41 (NLT): “Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
The truth is that we are all weak in comparison to a Holy and Righteous God, and our best bet is to look to Him. He is faithful and will make Himself known. Jeremiah 29:12-13 (NLT): “In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” God created us for relationship with Him. We will face things that we do not want, but we can survive because of God’s sovereignty and strength. Nothing happens to us that God does not allow because He has “all” authority.
“Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’ So we can say with confidence, ‘The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?’ Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.Hebrews 13:5-9 (NLT)
When life causes us to depend on God and we cry out to Him, He will prove Himself faithful. If our children can learn that as soon as possible then they will live above life’s hurts and disappointments. You see, we don’t live above them in “our” strength, but in God’s strength. We must call upon Him. Who is to say that bad things are really as bad if they teach us of God’s love and faithfulness?
Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge.Psalm 16.1 (NLT)