I appreciated this recent post from Paul David Tripp regarding parenting — how God teaches us and how we should parent our own children.
It’s something I could really work on! I have a tendency to remind the boys that I said to do it, so they should. I don’t think to stop and remind them that I love them and would never ask things of them that would cause them harm. And, as Dr. Tripp says, how often do we forget the same is true with God? He is the good and perfect Father!
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
We may not like everything He asks us to walk through, but we will be made better for it and those circumstances will not bring us harm. That can be hard to accept in a world of cancer, tornadoes, terrorists, war, and more. But there is something bigger and more wonderful than this world — eternity. It is there that He keeps His children safe!
In Him [Jesus] you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
There is so much to be said about the way that God uses the painful things in our lives that a book could be written on it. And some have! I really appreciated and enjoyed Kay Arthur’s Lord, Heal My Hurts. Randy Alcorn has a great book, too — If God is Good. The best book though, is the Bible! Read it for yourself and find out just how perfect, holy, good, righteous, and loving your Creator is!