Like a lot of other things since March 2020, the recent US elections stirred up a lot of emotion. That being the case, I hear many people expressing feelings of discouragement and fear. Many have said they fear for their children because they feel like their children will not grow up with the same amount of freedom my generation has known.
Back in March, before we understood what the pandemic was going to mean, I had a series of dreams. In one, I saw someone pushing a baby stroller with a newborn baby that had a black eye. In my dream I exclaimed about the baby, and asked who would punch a baby? But then I heard a voice boldly exclaim, “Punch Fear in the face!” It got my attention.
You see, fear doesn’t start out as a debilitating giant. It starts small, and it is only when we listen to it and nurture it that it grows into something out of control. The devil uses fear to paralyze Christians so that we don’t see the opportunities God has designed for us. He wants us to forfeit the battle, but God speaks to us as He did to Joshua to be strong and courageous. (In Joshua, chapter 1, Joshua was told 4 times to be strong and courageous.) Our battles are won by God, but we do have to stand and fight.
How can any of us ever know what life is going to hold? It is the speculation that causes the anxiety so many parents are feeling today. We need to trust God, and our children will learn to trust God. If we equip our children to know God, to love Him, obey Him and pursue His will for their lives, then they are no less equipped for living today than we ever have been… some of them will be better prepared then their parents ever were. They will know that their God can part the sea when that’s what is necessary!
I borrowed a post that was shared on Facebook recently because there was so much wisdom in it. There’s not a better way to say it, so I am sharing it as is.
Don’t feel sorry for or fear for your kids because the world they are going to grow up in is not what it used to be. God created them and called them for the exact moment in time that they’re in. Their life wasn’t a coincidence or an accident. Raise them up to know the power they walk in as children of God. Train them up in the authority of His Word. Teach them to walk in faith knowing that God is in control. Empower them to know they can change the world. Don’t teach them to be fearful and disheartened by the state of the world but hopeful that they can do something about it. Every person in all of history has been placed in the time that they were in because of God’s sovereign plan. He knew Daniel could handle the lions den. He knew David could handle Goliath. He knew Esther could handle Haman. He knew Peter could handle persecution. He knows that your child can handle whatever challenge they face in their life. He created them specifically for it! Don’t be scared for your children, but be honored that God chose you to parent the generation that is facing the biggest challenges of our lifetime. Rise up to the challenge. Raise Daniels, Davids, Esthers and Peters! God isn’t scratching His head wondering what He’s going to do with this mess of a world. He has an army He’s raising up to drive back the darkness and make Him known all over the earth. Don’t let your fear steal the greatness God placed in them. I know it’s hard to imagine them as anything besides our sweet little babies, and we just want to protect them from anything that could ever be hard on them, but they were born for such a time as this.~ Alex Cravens
Mothers and fathers, take heart. Be bold and courageous. You are not walking this road alone. God goes before you. He has not forgotten His children.