My heart is heavy this morning thinking how many times we sit with parents HURTING FOR THEIR CHILDREN. I listen to their stories as they tell about their children making wrong choices and going down paths of destruction, I hurt with them. I feel helpless not being able to give a quick resolve. I realize all I can do is be a friend walking with them in this dark time, as they seek Father in their pain.
I do know when this does strike your home and your children “act out” there is only one thing you can do… that is to open your hand and lift that “precious one” to God giving them and the whole circumstances to Him.
This morning as I read Neil Anderson’s daily devotional “Daily In Christ”, I thought it to do timely. I feel like someone is facing this same challenge today. This information will help bring comfort to your Soul…..
GIVE YOUR CHILD TO GOD
Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He will do it”
You can and should uphold Christian values and standards in your own home. But when your child leaves your home, he leaves with his own values, beliefs and personal agenda. This is the first half of the prodigal son story (Luke 15:11-32). The prodigal son wanted to do his own thing, so his father let him. I don’t think the father would have let the boy rule in his home, but he did let him go. We don’t like to see our children fail or make mistakes like that. When they do, we are too quick to rescue them from the natural consequences of their actions.
The father in the story welcomed his son home after the boy came to his senses. His repentance was complete: “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son” (verse 21). The critical insight we need is offered by the father: “This son of mine was dead, and has come to life again” (verse 24). When your child is out of your sight, only God can bring him to his senses, bring him home, and give him life.
You can’t go everywhere your child goes, but God can. He is the child’s heavenly Father, and He is fully capable of protecting him.
I know of a dear lady who has buried two sons and witnessed the miracle healing of her husband from a near-fatal car accident. But her hardest trial was discovering that her beloved third son was struggling with homosexuality. Months of dark depression were lifted in one day when she realized that her son belonged to God, so she gave her boy to Him. For 11 years she didn’t hear from him. Then one day he called and said he had a Mother’s Day present for her. He had come back to the Lord!
God is in control. When you pray you release Him to do what only He can do in your child’s life. And when you pray, He can mold your parenting style so you can do what He has called you to do in raising your child.
Prayer:Lord, I release my children to Your care and protection, and I relinquish my will for them in favor of Your will.