Those who fear the LORD are secure; he will be a refuge for their children. (Proverbs 14:27 NLT)
I spent yesterday with family—my son, his wife, and their four youngsters. What fun to watch the kids (big and little) splash in a lake and play on its sandy beach, plastic buckets and shovels in hand.
My family means more to me than anything this world offers. I want God’s best for them. I want His favor and protection to rest on them. I want His power and presence to be evidenced to them and through them.
Unfortunately, I can neither control their circumstances nor guarantee that all will be well from my perspective. However—there is something I can do: I can grow my relationship with the Lord, become more familiar with His character, promises and principles, and then pray these things on their behalf.
Here’s an example taken from Psalm 103:1-5: “Heavenly Father, You are worthy of all our praise. Please remind my children of this truth. Remind them of all the good things You do for them—You forgive their sins, heal their diseases, redeem them from death, and crown their lives with love and tender mercies. Please fill their lives with good things so that their youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
I fear the Lord, therefore He will be a refuge for my children, says Proverbs 14:27. As I cry out to God on my kids’ behalf and then trust Him to answer, He will respond by working in their lives. In some cases, this takes longer than I wish. Or it looks different than I might imagine. Regardless, I know He’s working in answer to my prayers. This truth greatly encourages me and helps me not worry about my loved ones’ well-being.
How about you? How does this principle encourage you today?