You may remember me sharing that my word for this year (2017) is listen. So in February I asked the Lord what topic He wanted me to cover and felt impressed to study how He has modeled parenting for us. That’s been my theme the past several weeks. I figured who else can show us how to manage difficult children?
But this is an exhaustive topic. That’s actually good. Right?
Does not our heavenly Father continually entice us, make us thirsty, cause us to seek after Him, make us hungry to learn more, go deeper, grow wiser?
So in an attempt to wrap up this topic—leaving so many rich thoughts un-delved—I’d like to look at the idea that this Father does more than teach us how to parent …
He is the divine Parent.
Meaning, where we fall short, He stands tall. Where we lack, He supplies. What we are unable to complete, He finishes.
He is the Alpha and OMEGA, the beginning and the END. He has never expected us to be perfect. That’s His job.
Aren’t you glad for this? That …
For our children,
No one else can promise to never leave them or forsake them.
Only He can reveal Himself in a way that makes sense to them.
No one else can convict them of sin.
No one else can die for their sins.
Only He can resurrect them to new life.
No one other than the Holy Spirit can empower them to live the lives He created them to live.
Only He can love them perfectly.
So, dear mama …
out there trying your best, take a deep breath. Do what you can, as well as you can. When you don’t, know Jesus died for that sin, too. And encourage yourself with the same idea, that God is your heavenly Father, too. For you too, He is the Alpha and Omega. The beginning and the end. The filler of all your cracks and canyons. The divine finisher.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8, NIV
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12, NIV
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8, NIV
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:2, NASB