Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Rom. 8:35-37).
Guilt and fear can cause us to question our usefulness to God. But his love for us, and his power to hold us, are the basis for our ultimate confidence that he will not separate us or any that he loves from his care.
We sometimes hear Christians question whether it is right to bring children into such a troubled world. We need to remember that God’s promises to us are no less powerful for the generations that follow us.
God created us and our children for the precise moment in time that each is needed to conquer the challenges to his divine will that we are designed to overcome. Every child of God has been raised up with the personalities, gifts, and circumstances that God knows are best to further his mission and glory.
He raised up David for Goliath. He raised up Daniel for the lions’ den. He raised up Hannah to provide Samuel to anoint kings in preparation for the Messiah.
Generations later, God raised up Jesus for the cross, then Peter and Paul to build and expand the church that would follow. Each child fulfilled a divine purpose far beyond the difficulties of their time.
God is not now wondering how he will maintain his purposes until Christ’s return. He is raising up moms and dads and children who are integral to his plan. Raise your children and their children’s children to believe they are in God’s plan for their time.
Nothing can separate his children from his heart or his plan. All are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Heavenly Father, help us remember the grace that preserves your people and purposes through all generations, so that we raise the next generation of conquerors of hatred, bitterness, and evil.