…because I love you… Isaiah 43:4
With summer barreling all too quickly toward its end and the school year staring us point blank in the face I find my heart brutally torn once again. Torn between the grief of having to “let go”, watching them leave the nest, and the tear filled joy of watching them spread their God given wings and fly.
Lamentations 2:19 says to, Arise,cry out in the night, … pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children… I don’t know about you but I seem to wrestle with so much more during those night hours and I’m encouraged to know I have a God who is already up and longs for me to pour out my heart like water to Him! I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. Lam. 3:21-22!
However when I go to Elohim – Creator God/El Shaddai – all powerful, all knowing/Adonai – Lord, master – do I acknowledge Him as such or just pour out my heart, lift up my children, say amen and go back to my sleepless worrying and fretting? Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Back to that trust thing again.
Jeremiah 42 relates an event in which the Lord’s people had been reduced to just a remnant and they asked Jeremiah to inquire of the Lord just what they should do and where they should go. They promised that whatever the Lord said they would obey whether it be favorable or unfavorable. So then they waited. Ten days later the Lord responded. (Side note: When was the last time we waited ten days let alone ten minutes to hear a Word from our Lord?)
This is what the LORD, the God of Israel,… says: If you stay in this land I will build you up…I will plant you…Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, whom you now fear. Do not be afraid of him, declares the LORD, for I am with you and will save you and deliver you from his hands. I will show you compassion so that he will have compassion on you and restore you to your land. However… (if you do not obey, if you go your own way and do things the way you understand…) and if you say, No, we will go and live in Egypt, where we will not see war or hear the trumpet or be hungry for bread… then the sword you fear will overtake you there… Jer. 42:9-16
Isn’t this so true of us too! We want the easiest route, the way we think we can handle on our own yet how deceptive! He is the vine we are the branch, apart from Him we can do nothing! (John 15:5) Letting go of our plan, of our children and releasing them to God requires trust and affords an opportunity for God to show Himself to us, to our children, like we/they may have never see Him before! If the Lord’s people went to Egypt where there was no fear of war, no noisy trumpet to remind them of Him (Lev. 23:23-25), no hunger for bread… when Jesus said I am the bread of life (Jn. 6:35) they would miss life abundantly! (Jn. 10:10)
So as I send my children out into the world I will remember what the Lord said to His people in Jeremiah, that against all that we see and understand He is able to do abundantly more then I could ever ask or even imagine (Eph. 3:20). I will remind those kids that the LORD says in Isaiah 43 he who created you, O (my child’s name), he who formed you, O (my child’s name): Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, … because I love you…
Waters, rivers, fire, flames…it doesn’t say things will always go perfect and easy but that He will always be with us and never leave us no matter what comes our way. We have a strength in Jesus inside of us that is stronger than what is in the world (1 John 4:4) – we may walk through the valley of the shadow of death but we will fear no evil (Ps. 23) because He has overcome this world (John 16:33) and holding onto faith in Jesus we will one day be with Him in heaven for eternity. We are soldiers in God’s army and we do not fight FOR victory but FROM it!
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. (25) I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. …the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise. Is. 43:18-19, 25, 21
Children, no matter what happened last year or yesterday, today is fresh and new and you were CHOSEN before the creation of the world to do things that will bring Elohim your creator, El Shaddai your all powerful, all knowing Adonai praise and glory!! (Eph. 1:4, 2:10) The LORD is with you, mighty warrior. Judges 6:12 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. Heb. 10:35
Trust Him, He will be the wind beneath your wings and I will have tears as you go but I will cheer as you fly…because I love you.
Independent Read: Lamentations 3:57