You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the Lord, have created it. -Isaiah 45:8
Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. -2 Timothy 2:10
These were the verses listed for the prayer of salvation over my kids this week. I really don’t like reading just one verse because it is usually very easy to take things out of context when you don’t have the rest of the story. So I decided to read through both of these chapters to get more of the story.
Throughout this chapter in Isaiah, we are reminded that there is only one true God and that our salvation in Him is where we find our comfort. I loved reading this with my children’s salvation in mind. My hope is that they learn quickly in life that people may come and go, things may be here one minute and gone the next, but they can find comfort in the salvation that God offers through Jesus.
In 2 Timothy, we find the encouragement that Paul sends to the church at Ephesus through Timothy. He reminds them to endure through the tough times of Nero so that they can fully benefit in God’s salvation and so that they can lead others to God. Right now I feel like I’m in this place. My kids are 5 (almost 6), 4, and 1 (for all practical purposes). They are learning so much right now, but they are wearing my patience out. I didn’t even pray for patience, but I guess I was not where I needed to be. 🙂 My oldest has already decided to allow God to be the boss of his life, and I can honestly say that I have seen that evidence in his behavior. Besides being a boy and doing what boys do, he has a servant’s heart and will do anything for his family and friends as well as complete strangers. My middle child, well, let’s just say God was probably laughing a little when he decided she would be with me. I’m low key (for the most part) but she is the most high maintenance 4 year old girl have ever seen. Like I mentioned in the last post, we have been dealing with an attitude of entitlement, which has gotten somewhat better. My prayers really were leaning more toward her that God would take her heart and make her submissive. I realize that one day her spunk will be used for the good but for now it’s about to drive me up the wall. As for the baby, I pray that he will see the good examples set before him through his parents and siblings and come to know the salvation that God has for him. I appreciate Paul’s encouragement to endure everything so that others may obtain salvation.
Until next time…