There are days, weeks, and seasons where I feel entirely incompetent to parent my children, and this has been one of those weeks.
I see the sin; I see the areas that need growth; and yet I am completely aware of my inability to change their hearts.
I can shepherd, but I cannot save.
I can direct, but I cannot deliver.
I can teach, but I cannot transform.
I can love, but I cannot let loose their sins.
At the foot of their struggles and in the midst of their sin, I realize my need.
So as I poured my cup of coffee this morning and grabbed for my Bible, I found myself in a mess of tears.
With overwhelmed tears, I whispered-cried the words, “Father, I cannot do this. I don’t know how to. I need you. Show yourself faithful.”
As I read portions in Proverbs and 1 Timothy for various studies I am doing right now, I felt a strong need to do a study on the following five words:
THE HAND OF THE LORD.
As I read through each Scripture that contains these five words, I grabbed for a scratch piece of paper and started scribbling.
THE HAND OF THE LORD…
enables (giving me power, competence, and the means to parent),
empowers (giving me the authority to parent),
dwells with (staying, living, and taking up resident in our house and my soul as I parent),
is mighty (giving strength as I parent),
brings deliverance (making a way out, a way through, and a way in as I parent),
is merciful (taking away the punishment I deserve and empowering me to offer mercy as I parent),
brings clarity (offering wisdom, understanding, and a clear perception as I parent),
brings courage (gifting me with the quality of mind and spirit that enables me to bravely face the difficulties and pain in parenting),
is victorious (extending triumphant WINS in the midst of parenting), and
is capable (giving the power, ability, efficiency, and competence to parent with influence).
Friends with kids…friends with NO KIDS…we need THE HAND OF THE LORD to do ALL OF THE CALL.
In His strength, by His strength, and through His strength.
In His shelter, under His shade, and by His salvation.
We stand needy because we are, but we stand ready because He IS.
So as we parent, follow, live, and love, we hold His hand–knowing and trusting that it is a capable, competent, mighty, and merciful HAND that brings deliverance, courage, victory, and clarity for ALL the Lord has asked us to steward this side of glory.
Friends, grab His hand and trust His heart; He is ready to steady.