Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 8, 2016
Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran. Stay with him for a while until your brother’s fury subsides. Genesis 27:43-44
Moms are uncanny at knowing what’s best for their child. It can be as small as diagnosing a fake stomachache or as big as helping siblings forgive one another. The Lord gives moms a built in sensitivity to the needs of their little ones. They are able to recognize the meaning of the smallest whimper or the loudest cry. I witnessed this recently on a family vacation when our two grandsons (ages 2 and 4) became whiny at mid afternoon. Our oldest daughter simply gave them a goldfish snack and they were content. Moms anticipate needs before they become needs.
Rebekah experienced a more complicated dynamic between her sons Esau and Jacob. She expected her dying husband Isaac to bless the oldest Esau, but she remembered what God said about the older serving the younger (Genesis 25:23). So, Rebekah shrewdly presented Jacob to her husband as Esau and Isaac blessed him, not knowing the sons were switched. Esau was livid to the point of wanting to kill his brother. Rebekah intervened again, sending Jacob away until Esau’s anger subsided. Moms want what’s best in settling sibling rivalries by trusting God.
“No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your [Esau’s] eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably” (Genesis 33:10).
As a mom you invariably want what’s best for your child. You want what’s best in their walk with the Lord—for them to love and follow Christ all the days of their life. You want what’s best in their friendships—for them to enjoy the company of the wise and not be led astray by fools. You want what’s best in their education—for them to have academic opportunities that lead to a successful career. You want what’s best in their marriage—for them to spend a fulfilling life of purpose with a spouse who loves God, who is romantically attractive and who is their best friend.
Most of all, moms who want what’s best for their child, first pray for God’s best. God’s best may not be the easiest or smoothest route for your child. Mature faith is not developed in a life of comfort, ease and security—but in discomfort, challenges and uncertainty. Pray for your child to be needy for the Lord—not you. Total abandonment and dependence on Jesus is the place you hope those you love will want to abide. Mom, pray for God’s best and trust Him with the rest.
“It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy” (Romans 9:16).
PrayerHeavenly Father, I pray Your best for my child. I pray they will be desperate for You.
Related ReadingGenesis 22:12; Proverbs 2:5; Philippians 3:8-10; Colossians 2:2; 2 Timothy 3:15
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