You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
Recently my life changed, radically. Really, there is no other way to say it; radical change! Seemingly overnight, I moved from being a newlywed becoming accustomed to married life, to fatherhood as my daughter was born! The challenges of paternity coupled with the utter fulfillment of being a dad is simply hard to describe. Parenthood has revolutionized the way I think; the way I act; even my priorities. The most difficult truth I have had to come to terms with is trust; trusting that God will care for my daughter better, longer and more lovingly than I ever will. I wrestle with trusting God to care for my daughter as she grows up in a city, a country, and a world like ours. As for me, I trust God, but interestingly, with my daughter I struggle to. It is easy for me to admit I need God to provide for me – this self-recognition generates my faith. However, when it comes to my child, I struggle to have faith that God knows much better than I what she will need on this journey called life. As the verse above mentions, there will be wars and destruction. But just has the end is coming, so also is the savior to return and rule forever. We are not to be alarmed; we know how the story ends; God wins! Yet I am hard pressed to relinquish the shred of control I have over my own daughter to the one who has already won the war.
I know it sounds simple – God created and cares for us; He knows implicitly what we will need for our journey – so why should it ever be even remotely difficult for an earthly father to defer to our heavenly father to care for our children in ways only He can!? As I continue down the road of fatherhood, and as we begin this journey together ‘Faith Forward,’ I suggest we quickly and consistently remind ourselves and rest in the joy that our God has won; he has overcome this world. He knows what we will need and what we won’t. God is already in heaven’s victory circle and we are the ones he has called to join at the feast. We need to have the faith to understand and trust that He knows what it takes for victory to be achieved.
I’m sure most of us have read Psalm 23 many times over; but today; read it with the mindset and assurance that God knows what we and our families need. Why would we ever add to or take away from that? What do you struggle to trust God with? What do you try and add to God’s total provision for you? Will you trust him on this journey?
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord