Parenting by Design - June 30

Trust and fear

Joshua 1:9:  "Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go" (NIV).

God spoke these words to Joshua as he was preparing for battle, but they are just as applicable to our lives today.  The key to overcoming fear at work, in relationships or in parenting, is trust in God.  Anyone who has raised a two-year-old or a teenager knows what it means to be terrified and discouraged!  And yet, God does not request us to be courageous - He commands it.

How can we build the kind of faith that overcomes fear - fear that our kids will hurt or be hurt by others, abuse substances, make sexual compromises, or not come to know the Lord? Trust in God develops as we obey His word and experience His love.  We may not know God's purpose in many of life's events, but our peace comes from knowing Him.

Trust in God conquers fear in parenting.