“And he said unto me [David], Solomon thy son, he shall build my house and my courts: for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.” (1Chron.28:6)
When our children were born—actually, before they were born—my husband and I dedicated them to God for the purpose of bringing glory and honor to Him. I realize there are those who may do this merely as a formality, but in our case (as well as many others’) we gave them to Him with all sincerity of heart. We promised to raise them for Him to the best of our abilities. As long as they were in our home, they were our responsibility. But when they left the nest, they had to learn to fly with their own wings. And, as my husband pointed out to me, that was the time to remind God of the covenant we made with Him those many years ago.
Our children were given to Him, and upon their acceptance of His Son as Savior and Lord, the pact was sealed. Like David and Solomon, our sons and daughters became God’s; and by virtue of ownership, they are His direct responsibility. Ours went from direct intervention to relentless intercession. When our protective hands cannot reach to where they are, God’s everlasting arms are able to scoop them up out of harms way (Deut. 33:27). When Satan convinces them they have squandered (or sidestepped) their birthright, we can go to God and say, “Lord, to whom do these children really belong?”; and He will have to answer, “Me.” And we will say, “Well, then…”
Our children have an earthly father who loves them very much, but he cannot do for them what the Heavenly Father can. For that reason, and because we both love them so very much, we have chosen to relinquish ultimate claim. Their lives and our trust are safe with Him.
We worry most about those things (and those people) we haven’t given to God— those things (and those people) we still possess.