Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
Tough Questions For Christian Performers (Part 18)
Children With A Calling
'Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering'...And He said, 'Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.'
Genesis 22:2,12 (NKJV)
I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.
1 Samuel 1:27-28 (NIV)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 (NKJV)
If 'Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights' (James 1:17), then 'No doubt about it: children are a gift from the Lord' (Psalm 127:3).
To love, teach, and protect our children is the God-appointed duty of every parent. But to hold onto them too tightly is selfish. Even harmful.
Tough Question #18: How do good parents handle children with a calling?
Loosely. They give the reins to God, their Creator and the Father of all mankind. They handle them like Hannah, the mother of Samuel, who honored her commitment.
They handle them like Abraham, the father of Isaac, who faced his greatest test. After all, who could have waited longer for his son? Abraham was 100. Who could have shown greater faith, 'Who contrary to hope, in hope believed' (Romans 4:18)? Who could have loved him more? Only God.
By releasing Isaac to God, Abraham was released from the test. Therein, both Abraham and Isaac achieved their starring destinies.
The Lord teaches us how to handle the destinies of our children by life-giving words. Even more, He teaches us how to handle the destinies of our children by life-giving example. He gave up His only Son--into the most humble, painful, productive, and brilliant calling the world would ever know.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Tough Questions For Christian Performers series.