Parenting by Design - June 14

Active dependence

Genesis 24:27:  "And he said, ‘Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His mercy and His truth toward my master. As for me, being on the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master's brethren'" (nkjv bible).

When it was time for Isaac to marry, Abraham sent a servant to find a wife among Abraham's relatives.  The servant left for Ur trusting God to make the choice clear when the time was right.  His task was accomplished when he met Rebekah at the well.  Notice his response:  "As for me, being on the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master's brethren".  What a wonderful example of "active dependence"!  The servant embarked on the journey, but depended on God to guide him to the right woman.  

In parenting, "being on the way" means accepting our responsibility to make decisions that affect our kids.  Our fear of mistakes may tempt us to avoid decisions, but parenting requires us to act.  Thankfully, God does not ask us to rely on our own wisdom.  Acknowledge your dependence on Him and seek His guidance and strength.

Be bold enough to make decisions and humble enough to seek God's will.



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