The Burbidge home has seen some rough weeks lately – all the sleep deprivation coming to a head and baby girl not sleeping through the night…common early parenthood problems, to be sure, but hard times nonetheless.
But I am grateful for the hard times even though they can be painful. Because God always shows up to grow and teach and mold me anew.
One of those things He is reminding me of right now is living a life of daily dependence on Him. Motherhood can be exhausting, as full of joy as it is. It is a 24/7 job at times — and I only have one kid! =)
So when I’m called to be the parent and help teach my daughter how to fall asleep on her own, and I’m going on three months of no sleep myself, it makes for a very weak mama.
What do you do in times of weakness?
In Christian circles, it has often become cliche to throw Scripture at one another in the midst of difficulty — with good reason. For a while, the Christian culture had lost the ability to listen and empathize, and instead just wanted to cover up the bad and ugly. So “just pray and read your Bible more” or “God says He works all things out for our good” become default responses to those who are suffering. And “weeping with those who weep” gets thrown out the window.
In response to such shallow comfort, many Christians have gone to the other extreme (myself included) and been afraid to offer Scripture as part of the comfort we are meant to receive in our suffering. We don’t want to sound “cliche”. Or, “I know you know this, but…”
The fall out of this extreme is that God’s promises are treated — and received — as small things.
I didn’t realize how guilty I was of this until I read 2 Peter 1:4 today. Peter says, “…He has granted to us His precious and very great promises…”
God’s promises are a GIFT. They are not something to take for granted. Rather, God has been gracious and merciful to give His word, and to give us multiple promises of His faithfulness in our lives. They are intended to be our hope, and to help grow and sanctify us from evil desires, (“…having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desires.” 2 Peter 1:4b).
Not only are they a gift, but they are precious — to be treasured, and held sacred. God told the Israelites to treasure God’s word in their 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,” (Deut.6:7-9).
In Colossians 3:16, Paul tells the believers to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom.”
Christians — let’s do as the Israelites were commanded to do and treasure God’s word as applicable for all of our lives. Let’s see why Paul commanded believers to have their fellowship and encouragement of one another centered on the word of God.
Let us not make God’s promises a small thing by being timid to remind one another of them. They are VERY GREAT. They are PRECIOUS. They are a GIFT.
This is what God is teaching me right now — to find strength anew in His word and in His promises. And to not take them lightly, but to discover the full breadth of their greatness and sufficiency in sustaining me for life.
2 Peter 1:3-4 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.