Hope for Our Children!
Chaplain Rod Davis
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the
heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
(James 1:17)

Are you, or someone you know, dealing with serious problems with your children?
If so, I understand what you’re going through. I don’t know of any parent who
hasn’t, from time to time, had children who needed some kind of special care. Be it
emotional, physical or spiritual, our kids need us to be there for them; even during
those times when they pull away, declaring they don’t need us.

Those are the times when we need to talk less and pray more. With five children
ranging from ages 30 to 12, Beth and I have had our share of grief over the years.
It’s during those bleak moments that I remember what God’s Word promises. This
is what I want to share with those who feel overwhelmed by the monumental task
of trying to be a good parent.

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that
through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in
the world caused by evil desires.
(2 Peter 1:4)

God has given us many
“very great and precious promises” concerning the children
of the righteous. We need to be prayerfully resolved to stand on those promises
and refuse to be moved off them.

The children of your servants will live in your presence; their descendants will be
established before you.
(Psalms 102:28)

His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be
(Psalms 112:2)

Here’s my favorite promise. I claim this over all my children:

Sons are a heritage [gift in Heaven]  from the LORD, children a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the
man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they
contend with their enemies in the gate.
(Psalms 127:3-5)

What wonderful promises! If you haven’t considered doing this before, you need to
start claiming the promises of God over your children. When you pray say
something like this:

“LORD, you said that my children will live in your presence and be established. You
said that they will be mighty in the land and be blessed. You said that they are a
heritage, a gift and a reward from you to me and your WORD says that your gifts
are ‘good and perfect’. You also said that I’m blessed to have them and indeed
they are a blessing to me and to others. You said that they will not be put to
shame when they contend with their enemies and will turn them back at the gate
of their life. LORD, you promised this and so much more about my children. You
said it. That settles it!!! I choose to believe your WORD and not my circumstances.
You will watch over my children and deliver them. I choose to believe that you will
do all that you promised because you are a man of your word. I praise you, now,
for what you are doing in my children!”

God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his
mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

Always remember this; you can do more for your children by talking to God about
them than you can by talking to them about God.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's
power may rest on me.
(2 Corinthians 12:9)

God’s grace will always be sufficient for our need. It will always be available for us
as we’re helping our children get through life. Every day He’s teaching us to trust
Him for everything, including direction for our children. We won’t learn how to do
this until we find ourselves in a situation where we’ve been given the opportunity
to trust Him.

He will defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy;
he will crush the oppressor.
(Psalms 72:4)

God knows that we’re needy. He knows that we are dust. So, depend on him and
trust Him with your children. He will crush the oppressor.

                              Lookin’ in the eyes of the children
                              Knowing that tomorrow is at stake
                                 When the choice is up to them
                               Will they have the strength to say

                              We won’t bend and we won’t break
                                  we won’t water down our faith
                       We won’t compromise in a world of desperation
                                What has been we cannot change
                                    But for tomorrow and today
                        We must be a light for future generations*

                           *(For Future Generations by 4 Him from their album, The Ride Copyright/Label: Label: Benson
Artwork by  By Ron DiCianni