jim has finally returned (YAY!) from his oh-so-long (for us) venture away for home for work...and so we've been spending these past few days just soaking up time with our family of four. yesterday, as we made our "saturday morning trip" to timmies, i thought i'd bring along a devotional we've been reading and if time allowed we'd start up where we'd left off.
i just find it so neat that God continually meets us where we're at if we afford Him the recognition. so many times i've been feeling like i just needed "something" to know that He is there and that the way things are is okay and the way that we're thinking about life is "right"...and so many times i've been met where i'm at with a particular verse...or a comment from a friend...or a devotional reading...and i am encouraged.
yesterday as i opened up this particular devotional, that we hadn't picked up in a few months (let's be honest here), we were met where we're at...and it was encouraging.
i thought i'd take this time to share with you some of the encouragment...
"By faith, Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born, because...they were not afraid of the king's edict." ~ Hebrews 11:23
The Bible tells us there is one who seeks our childrens' downfall every bit as Pharaoh sought the death of Moses: the devil, Satan (1 Peter 5:8). As spiritually attuned parents, it is our calling, our duty, and our responsibility to "hide" our children from this nemesis....While some go overboard and focus on Satan too much, most of us moderns probably fall into the other extreme - failing to recognize his schemes or even acknowledge his existence...
The future of God's work on this earth depends on believing children who will speak up with courage, faith and integrity...
And yet, how often do we throw our children into Satan's path unprepared? We assume they'll absorb biblical teaching without any explicit effort on our part to ensure solid theological grounding. We give more thought to how they'll get to school than who is teaching them and what they're being taught. Since we don't guard their associations, we allow them to get together with whomever, wherever, whenever.
In fact, some would say that to even think about hiding our children is to give way to fear and to be overprotective - but when Moses' parents hid him, the biblical writer recounts it as an act of great faith, not fear. Perhaps we've gone too far in the other direction, so fearful of oversheltering our children that we neglect the very real danger that full, unhindered exposure to this world can cause.
We hide our children in spiritually healthy ways by praying for them, by monitoring what and whom they see, and by warning them. The "hiding level" changes, of course, as they mature, but even when they get placed in harm's way, we must give them all they need to confront the enemy of their souls.
Hiding isn't based in fear; it's based in faith
We Christians are blessed with a hiding place refuge that is as beautiful and wonderous as it is secure: the shelter of the Most High, the shadow of the Almighty. We needn't live by fear; on the contrary, because of God's provision we live with the steady confidence that when we do our part, God will do his. For the time will surely come when we can no longer hide our children, when it's no longer appropriate to shelter them, when our children must face the world head-on, with all its temptations and traps.
There is nothing shameful in taking your time to do this unleashing. Andrew Murray encourages parents with this word of advice:
i encourage you to take some time to think on this...discuss it with your friends...and i welcome any discussion you may have regarding this post.