God is Our Refuge & Strength
But I tend too often to say that being a parent today can be scary. The world is decaying rapidly. There seems to be a lack of conscience left anymore. Sin, death, and the devil seem to be letting loose on our world in ways that are unimaginable. Unfathomable evil is spreading horror without care or concern for those that are devastated in its path. It sometimes seems as if even within the four walls of my home, I cannot keep my child safe. When unthinkable acts like this past Friday's take place, my heart cries, "Come quickly, Lord Jesus."
It's easy for me in times like these to look inward instead of upward. I focus on how small I am compared to the evils of this world, instead of focusing on how big my God and Savior is. It's far too easy to become wrapped up in the what ifs and fears and lose complete focus on the One who is in ultimate control. When I start making lists of all the horrible evils that can happen, I stop making lists of the indescribable ways that God takes care of me and my family. If I listen wholeheartedly to the comforters of this world, how can I have any room left for the only One who can give true peace and comfort? My feeble human mind cannot be filled with peace when I'm stuffing it full of worries of this world. That's where one of my biggest sins lies, turning to the wrong sources of comfort, allowing worldly things to try and give me solace, knowledge, and peace.
Being a parent today doesn't have to be the scary job I all too often make it out to be. If I stop blocking myself from the only source of goodness and grace, then my mindset of parenting is not frightening but hopeful, calm, and full of comfort & peace through the work of the Holy Spirit. God calms the fears in Isaiah 41:10, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." There is nothing in this world that can happen that will separate us from God's loving hand. "What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:31-39. He alone will see us through. He alone is our refuge.
"God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging." Psalm 46:1
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Dear Heavenly Father,
In these terrible times give me the peace that only You can give. Forgive me for turning into myself instead of looking to You for peace and strength. Calm my fears. Help me to trust your word and promises. Keep us safe in your grace. In Jesus' name, Amen.