A Mighty God
There is so much that I just can’t do as a parent. As much as I would like to be super mom and fulfill all the needs and protect from all the things, I cannot. As much as I would like to always have a quiet and gentle response to the behaviors of my children, I do not. As much as I would like to have boundless energy and endless positivity, I do not.
Some days I simply cannot.
But I serve a Mighty God.
So often, mothers are filled with fear for their children: their safety, their well being, their happiness. But we have the protection of our Mighty God. The Hebrew word for mighty is “gibbowr”, which translates powerful, warrior, or strong. There is so much that is out of our control, but we can rest in the knowledge that our Mighty God is more powerful than the situations that may harm our children. Our Mighty God is a warrior who fights for the well being of our children. Our Mighty God is strong where we are weak.
When we feel weak, we must remember, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. God has blessed you with your children. He saw fit to place His little image-bearers under your care and guidance. He has equipped you to be their mother. He knows your limitations but through His Spirit He strengthens you to be able to care for and disciple these little souls. Some days there may be things you cannot do, but you can live out this calling to motherhood.
You know those MOMents where your selfish desires get the best of you and you hear a yelling or condescending voice reacting to your littles? Those MOMents when you react in anger instead of responding in love? Those are the MOMents where we feel weak and incapable and less than. But we must remember, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14 NIV. We must quiet our natural inclinations and our perfectionist pursuits and instead allow God to be mighty in our midst. He is stronger than our tongues and stronger than our attitudes. He is our Mighty God and He is ready and willing to fight on our behalf for peaceful mothering and prosperous discipling.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Psalm 46:10-11. How can we lead our children to Jesus if we do not know Him ourselves? How can we train our children in His ways if we are not living them out every day as their example? How can we be still and allow God to fight for us if we do not have Him within us? When we study God’s Word and grow in our knowledge of Him, we fully understand His glory and might. When we understand that He is a Mighty God, then everything else becomes less. We can be still and not be afraid. We can be still and not be controlling. We can be still and allow Him to work while we watch.
If we go back a few verses in Psalm 46 it says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though the waves roar and foam, thought the mountains tremble at its swelling… God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.” Psalm 46:1-3, 5. When we are fearful for our children, when we succumb to angry outbursts, or when we are weary or negative; we can rest in the truth that God is our refuge. God is our strength. God is in our midst. God will help us. God is our Mighty God.
Where we can’t, He can.
When we are weak, then He is strong.
In our lack, He is our Mighty God.