*An audio version of today's devotional is available on Leading The Way's MY Devotional podcast.
Some parents who are knee-deep in diapers and family deadlines may wonder if there will ever be a time when they can just relax and enjoy their children. The Truth is children can be a great comfort from the Lord. In them we can learn to see life from a different perspective—one of wonder and freshness.
When we get older, our children will be the hope of our heritage. Abraham understood this principle. He longed for a son but remained childless. God had promised him that Sarah would have a son. As the years moved on, Abraham wondered if this promise would be fulfilled. Then when Sarah was past childbearing age, she gave birth to Isaac. Scripture says:
We rejoice over the fact that God did exactly what He promised He would do.
Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. (Genesis 21:1-2)
Isaac's birth was a cause for celebration but not just because of his birth. We rejoice over the fact that God did exactly what He promised He would do.
Like Sarah, you may have waited for years to have a child. Or there may be another promise you have from the Lord that has up until this point gone unanswered. When you think all hope is gone, God will step into your situation with an answer to your deepest prayer. There is no higher calling than to be a person who helps to mold and shape the life of a child. And there is no greater experience than to trust in Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Father, thank You for the gift of my children. Teach me to be a parent whose life is guided by Your Truth and wisdom. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever" (Psalm 73:26).
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