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Parenting: Faithfulness and Faith
Psalm 127:1 — 1 Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
“God’s sovereignty is his exercise of power over creation” (Wayne Grudem)
Key Idea: We must give up the illusion of personal sovereignty
I. Faithfulness – giving up the illusion of sovereignty reorients our faithfulness
If what we are pursuing for our kids, is not what GOD is pursuing for our kids, God is not in that, and it is ultimately meaningless.
Parenting is ultimately about addressing the worship of the heart with the truths of the Gospel.
- We see the law as important for wisdom and conviction, but incapable of saving
- We address the worship of the heart, not just their behavior
- We give them an identity that begins vertically, not horizontally; that is tied to the Creator, not the creation
II. Faith – giving up the illusion of sovereignty redirects our faith
- We rest because we believe God can use the difficulties of life to draw our kids to himself, or draw them CLOSER to himself
- We rest because we believe God’s timing is better than ours
- We rest because God grows US through our kid’s sins and struggles
- We often think God puts us in our kids’ lives to show them THEIR sin and need for Christ, but we must also believe that God puts our kids in our lives to show us OUR sin and OUR need for Christ.
- We rest because there is forgiveness for our failures
- We rest because God is greater than our failures