Inside: Is it hard for you to trust God with your kids? Through Bible stories, we can see how God can be trusted! God has good plans for us and our kids!
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I have an issue with trust! There I said it.
However, I really didn’t notice it until I had kids.
I don’t know what happened, but I didn’t just bring my baby home from the hospital; I brought with her a new sidekick of worry and anxiety.
For the most part, I spent my day keeping her safe, figuring out how I could protect against any “what-ifs,” and planning out everything that would affect her to a “T.”
In all of this strategizing, I lost sleep, became a bundle of nerves and anxiety, and walked away from the only One who could keep me at peace.
Have you been there, friend?
Fear of Surrendering
As moms, don’t we all have this inner fear that if we don’t do everything something might happen to our kids?
Maybe it’s just me, but I think God doesn’t love my kids as much as I do (which is a false belief by the way).
Or He will ask me to give up my child, and it will hurt so badly.
Perhaps that deep down I might question His goodness to me.
Trusting God Versus Taking Over Myself
Can I be honest? I found myself in this place over the past summer.
One of my kids told me that they were feeling depressed.
As soon as those words were out of their mouth, I felt the intensity to try and control the situation.
For instance, I called a few therapists and wanted to not let that child out of my presence.
In reality, it was a blessing that child felt comfortable to bring it to my attention.
However, my reaction to this situation caused me to lose sleep and become a bundle of stress and tension.
The truth is: I wasn’t trusting God and submitting to what He had planned.
Why Am I Afraid to Trust and Surrender to God?
When I think of the root reason in why I’m so fearful to trust God with my kids, it’s the word surrender.
The definition of this word is to lay down arms and submit.
It’s believing without a doubt that God loves me and my kids and has the best in mind for all of us.
Trusting God means that we acknowledge His power, submit to His plans, and trust Him for His good plans for us (to prosper us and not harm us to give us hope and a future.)
Friend, if you’re still afraid to submit your kids to the Lord, keep reading!
A Bible Story of Trust
Many stories abound in the Bible that can show us not only how to trust, but why God can be trusted.
We’ve all read and heard the story of Noah in the Bible, and if you’re like me, I gloss over it, and I don’t really pay attention to it because I know the story so well.
However, the last week, I picked up a children’s book to read about Noah.
I noticed something I have never noticed before.
Noah’s Surrender and Submission to God
After Noah built the ark and God told him to climb aboard, Noah, his wife, and their three sons and their wives stepped inside the ark.
You see, the animals were already loaded into their respective spots, so God shut the door to the Ark.
(Genesis 7:16, NLT).
16 A male and female of each kind entered, just as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord closed the door behind them.
Those eight short words stuck out to me.
Then the Lord closed the door behind them.
Let’s visualize this story a little.
God directed Noah and his family to get aboard the ark, so everyone Noah loved was on this boat.
Never before had Noah experienced rain and flooding.
It’s also noteworthy to point out that Noah had never encountered a situation where friends, family, and neighbors would be killed.
Can you feel the tension inside Noah?
I’m sure fear bubbled up within Noah.
But God shut the door to the Ark.
The reality is: God had Noah and his family.
The Lord knew what He was doing, and He had a plan.
Being a human being, I’m sure Noah prayed/converses with God, but God settled his nervous stomach and tension.
Can you imagine his thoughts?
How will I know what is best for my family? What if I have to open the door? What if I open the door and we fall out?
Noah proved to us in the story what trust means. Whether he struggled with these thoughts or not, his actions showed he submitted to God
Noah surrendered to God even before he got on the ark because He realized God was trustworthy.
Noah didn’t have to worry about what was coming next or even stress about the situation. God shut the door, and He would open the door also.
It’s the same for us, friend!
God is Trustworthy; We Can Trust Him
Indeed, God has us and our kids. He is carrying us all in the palm of His hand. Moreover, God knows what He’s doing.
As a result of this, we can surrender to Him and trust Him.
This doesn’t mean we won’t find fear bubbling up, but when we feel the first effects of fear, we can go to God and ask Him to help us trust more and surrender to Him.
Four Tips to Help Us Trust God with Our Kids
- Pray for our kids.
- Better yet, pray with our kids to enable greater trust in all of us.
- Request that God helps us keep our kids safe.
- Help us prepare our kids to learn to trust God and surrender their own lives to Him.
Being a parent is full of stress and tension, but we have Someone who promises to be with us and help us.
Therefore, we can look back through the pages of the Bible and see that God is trustworthy and steadfast.
Hence, we can trust Him with our kids because ultimately He has the best in mind for all of us.
(Proverbs 3:5, NLT).
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.