Seek First: Confidence in Christ
Today's Treasure: Read Isaiah 43:1 and Hebrews 13:20-21
I can quickly relate to Spurgeon's insecurities. Sometimes, when the Lord uses the challenges of parenting to shape me into who He wants me to be, I begin to despair. Rather than welcome His work, I worry that I am not fit for the high calling of motherhood. What wisdom I can glean from the humble Baptist preacher who ‘parented’ thousands of young believers into maturity. As a partner of the Potter, I must stand on the truth of Hebrews 13:20-21. Not only am I the right mom for the children I’ve been given, but I am perfectly equipped for doing God’s will. Whatever I lack, God has. Whoever I am not, God is. When I feel daunted by the tasks at hand, God offers all I need. “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).
Our confidence in motherhood does not come from perfect living. Our confidence comes from a Perfect Partner in parenting, Jesus Christ. We have been chosen specifically to parent the children in our care- that is part of our “unique” design! When we claim God’s word for ourselves, we discover that through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, we DO have what it takes to raise children for the glory of God.
Parent’s Pondering: For what specific parenting challenge do I feel ill-equipped? In the light of James 1:5, ask God for the specific wisdom you need right now and thank Him for fully equipping you for the “good work” of parenthood!