Do I Trust God to Take Care of My Kids?

My son texted us a few days ago, at 4 a.m.

He was sick with a severe sore throat. OK, I thought. We can handle this minor long-distance emergency. Find a doctor in the area, send him the insurance information, make sure he has plenty of ibuprofen and fluids on hand.


Except for one little problem. He and his ministry team would be leaving at 6 a.m. in a van to travel 600 miles for their next mission trip, to an unfamiliar city where we don’t know where anything is.

Should he go? Should he stay home? Is it just a sore throat? Or something worse? Questions and potential plans swirled through my mind, and honestly, I didn’t have a right answer. We had to take a deep breath, pray, and make the best decision we could.

More importantly, I had to decide to give the situation to God, and remind myself that He is indeed God.

“Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.” Deuteronomy 7:9 NLT

I love the above verse from Deuteronomy when I struggle to trust God with my kids. It holds two powerful promises we need. The first tells us that God is who the Bible says He is.

The Lord your God is indeed God. (Tweet this.)

When we have a hard time giving Him control of our circumstances - especially where our kids are concerned - we need this firm reminder. I can (sometimes) get carried away in my own thoughts, worrying and wondering what to do. I love it when God steps in and simply says, “I’ve got this.”

God keeps His promises for a thousand generations.

The second promise reinforces how much God loves and cares for our children, grandchildren, and generations to come. It provides hope and encouragement when uncertainty about their futures turns to fear. Oh how God loves them! So much that he lavishes his love on us and assures us of His faithful care for our kids.

I needed this verse today. And if you did too, let’s stand together on the promises of Deuteronomy 7:9. Trusting God when it comes to my kids may be a daily renewal of my thought-patterns, but He is faithful and His Word is the same yesterday, today, and every day of our children’s futures.



3 Words to Remember When Your Faith Is Weak

Last week’s devotion encouraged our hearts with 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we live by believing, and not by seeing.”

The NKJV of the verse puts it this way:

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

There are some days, though, when I don’t feel like I’m walking by faith at all. Days when I’m searching for that faith I know is real, that I know I need. Most of the time I’m able to hold onto God, even though I can’t physically see Him. But when trials come, my ability to stay faith-filled is tested.

God knew we would have these moments, and He gave us help in His Word to encourage us when weakness threatens the trust we have in Him. Great men and women throughout history had times when their faith waned. And from their stories we can find the help we need to restore ours.  

These 3 words will help us when our faith is weak.

For you said...

“Please, Lord, prove that your power is as great as you have claimed. For you said, ‘The Lord is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. But he does not excuse the guilty. He lays the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations.’ In keeping with your magnificent, unfailing love, please pardon the sins of this people, just as you have forgiven them ever since they left Egypt.” Numbers 14:17-19 NLT

In this passage, the Israelites were (once again) complaining and wanting to turn around and return to Egypt. The Lord’s anger rose against them, but Moses intervened. He reminded himself, and the Lord, of His promises.

We all experience those times when we don’t see how God could possible work things out. Our minds swirl with thoughts like…

I don’t know how anything good can come from this?

How could God allow this to happen?

How are we going to get through this?

Some days we will feel weak in our faith. We will struggle to trust God in our circumstances.

Let’s not fall prey to the lie that says if we are good Christians, we won’t experience days of weak faith. We will, and that’s OK. For it’s in those days we learn to rely on Him more than ever before.

My weakness in faith reminds me to renew my trust in God’s strength. (Tweet this.)

For you said, I am your chosen child.

For you said, you will never leave me.

For you said, you will guide and protect me.

God’s Word promises, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9). So we can rely on His strength even more when our faith is weak. Let’s remind ourselves of His unfailing love today by starting with these 3 words. For you said...