Faith for Parenting in a Hostile World
NBC has welcomed three precious babies to our number over the course of the past few weeks. Witnessing the birth of a child is a heart-moving experience. As parents, you can’t help but feel the enormous weight of responsibility that comes with being accountable to raise a little life for the Lord. This week I have been meditating on the example of Moses’ parents, Amram and Jochebed. Can you imagine the odds they faced when Moses was born? Pharaoh, a hostile ruler, and the nation of Egypt, committed to destroying every infant Hebrew boy they could find. Think of the fear that must have struck their hearts each time they heard the Egyptian soldiers march past and the constant need to hide their baby from their evil intentions. Imagine how often they must have wept and cried to God in the dark hours of the night that He would place His hand of protection over their little one. In the Scriptures, Egypt is a type of the world and Pharaoh a type of Satan. Make no mistake, the world and the devil are no friend of a child born to godly parents. There is no doubt they are marked out by Satan to be special targets of his fiery arrows and the evil temptations of his demonic legions. We ask ourselves, what is the key to raising children in a wicked world like that? The answer is found in the godly faith of Moses’ parents. Listen to what Hebrews 11: 23 says of their example, “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.” How did they raise Moses in a hostile world? The answer is by faith. As parents, we can feel overwhelmed in the face of a depraved and wicked world and wonder if it is even possible to raise our children for Christ. Let us be encouraged that it is possible through faith in our Everlasting, All-powerful God. Observe that their faith was not a vague, superficial feeling but a faith that drove them to action – they hid their child from the destructive forces that threatened from without and they did not fear the kings commandment. Let us remember that our faith needs to lead us to practical action with raising our children; to take the necessary steps to protect them from the world’s destructive influences. A part of this involves taking responsibility for what is coming into our homes in the way of media, literature etc… As parents we need to be prepared to say a hard NO to worldliness and keep our homes pure for the glory of God. Faith will also remove our fears and give us peace to trust God in the face of opposition. May we know His power and grace to this end.
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