Teaching Our Kids The Best Is Yet To Come.
As a parent, there’s no greater joy than watching the Spirit of God at work in the lives of our children. We’re able to observe the blessings a childlike faith offers firsthand and join in the quest to deepen our understanding of who God is.
And as much as we want to shield them from the storms that pop up, we know the reality of heartache and loss are inevitable.
Temptations will sneak up and disrupt the peace that comes from obedient living.
But it is here at the intersection of our brokenness and God’s Holiness where we can assure them God is sovereign to redeem. We’re living proof.
In scripture, we are told God is making all things new: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:1-5
We can take courage in knowing God will restore all things to His original design:
And we will no longer be distracted by the good things we “think” make us happy. We will worship the Giver of all good things Himself.
It is in this heavenly place, we’ll enjoy close fellowship with our Father and finally realize life at its best.
Our 7-year-old son started asking serious questions about following Jesus last summer. After discipling him further to understand the cost and rewards of joining God’s forever family, he responded in obedience to the Spirit’s invitation and became our brother in Christ.
As first, we wrestled with his maturity and ability to understand the weight of his decision.
And then we realized we still have so much left to learn ourselves.
And ultimately, it’s not our decision to make.
He was choosing life.
Because God took all the seeds we planted:
All the scripture we read.
All the prayers over him since that first positive pregnancy test.
All the worship and praise.
All the evidence he saw all around.
And the glory of the Lord stirred his heart and brought him Home.
And now as the uncertainty of this season we’re in weighs heavy and I struggle to make sense of it all, my son reminds me all I really need to know:
The best is yet to come.
Be encouraged, parents.
God’s Kingdom is alive and well.
He’s raising the humble to be mighty.
There is nothing insignificant about your role in God’s mission. There is nothing insignificant about theirs either.
We don’t know the details of tomorrow, but of this I am certain:
God is still in the life-breathing business.
The best is still yet to come.
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