Psalm 112:1-8 (NIV) tells us, “Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, ?who finds great delight in his commands. His children will be mighty in the land; ?the generation of the upright will be blessed…?Surely, he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. ?He will have no fear of bad news; ?his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. ?His heart is secure, he will have no fear; ?in the end, he will look in triumph on his foes.”
This is hard to walk out as a parent, let alone lead other parents to walk this out for their families. The world can be a cruel place; it can be an unsure place. This is our time, but they are hard and troubling times for the church.
A large percentage of Americans believe it will get worse before it gets better. When you look at what’s happening in the news, on TV, and even in the church, it’s pretty scary out there, but it’s times like these that make us ask the big question, do you really believe and practice what you teach and preach? As for me…I BELIEVE THE BIBLE!
John 16:33 tells us, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Man, that’s good news for busy children’s leaders. Families need God’s peace, not just his plenty!
Also in Proverbs 14:26, it tells us…He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge. This is what the homes of us in the church should be. A secure fortress for our children. Is what you are doing for families in your church doing this? That’s a great question to use as we evaluate our programs.
Home should be a place of comfort, a place of safety, a place of refuge. A place where those who lead it get to control what happens…that also means they are responsible for the behaviors and outcomes of those who live there!
God’s Plan has always been the same…
Deuteronomy 4:9-10 Only be careful and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. 10 Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, when he said to me, “Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.”