Rockport Sermon

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Trusting in God's Future Grace for my daughter

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV

Last night we were reviewing Olivia’s catechism questions before dinner. The question was “Does God have a body like ours?” The answer to the question is “No. God is a Spirit, infinite and eternal.” Now, for a second I was tempted to think, well are we going “overboard” with this because she doesn’t even understand these words and therefore cannot grasp their true meaning?

Isn’t this true of all of us? We teach children the ABCs and the same question could be asked regarding the reason behind this. Should we trouble our children with the learning of these items that cannot fully and completely be grasped? Of course we should because even though children do not understand fully the reason why we have letters, the significance of them, and the reason for learning the sounds of the alphabet, it serves as those building blocks upon which further development will base itself upon.

In a sense, our training our own minds with the discipline of reading through the Scripture, even though passages that we don’t fully understand, serves us in the long run by piercing our minds with that which the Lord will use in the future to bless us. Yet another example of “future grace” I would say. Sowing generously will reap a harvest of blessings upon you and your family.

It troubles me to write this post because I sense a real danger is doing this because it could cause an opportunity for pride, and could cause others to despair. Please take this as one pitiful, needy husband and father to others struggling along the way. You will not waste your life (or the lives of your children) in devoting yourself to the study of God, His Character, His attributes, His ways, and His law. By God’s grace, His eternal Word will be a lamp unto your feet, and a light unto your path. Though you may not see this immediately and you may not “feel” any different at the time, put your hope in Christ, not your feelings.

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