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Trusting in the Sovereignty of God As a Parent

Aug 28, 2023 | Faith, Life, Parenting and Children

Nothing tests our trust in the sovereignty of God quite like entrusting our children’s lives to Him, especially when they deal with difficult things or move far away as adults! Currently my younger daughter lives and works half way around the world from her parents. One of her first mission trips was to Cameroon, Africa for a summer of ministry when the Boko Haram were active in that country. We did not hear from her for quite a while to even know if she had arrived safely in the country or connected with her hosts. All I could do was trust in God’s sovereign care over her. Her next ministry was two years in a rural area of Tanzania, Africa. Currently she is working in a location that we don’t publicly disclose.

Two classic biblical examples of the sovereignty of God at work are found in the lives of Joseph and Esther.  You can read about Joseph’s life starting in Genesis 37.  Joseph had been sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, and eventually became second only to Pharaoh in the land of Egypt.  With an ongoing severe famine in Canaan, Joseph’s brothers came to purchase provisions from none other than their brother, Joseph, who was governor over the land of Egypt.  The recounting that ensues never fails to bring tears to my eyes, but the verse I want to point out is Genesis 50:20, spoken by Joseph to his brothers after their father had passed away.

“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”

Trusting in the sovereignty of God involves recognizing the supreme rulership of God.  In the life of Joseph, God clearly ruled over his life in bringing much good out of his being sold by his brothers into slavery.

In the book of Esther, Esther was in the perilous position of being the favored wife of King Ahasuerus and a Jew.  When a plot to destroy the Jewish people became evident, Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, made this known to Esther and urged her to approach the king on their behalf.  

In Esther 4:14b, Mordecai said to Esther, . . .“and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  Part of Esther’s response is found in Esther 4:16b, . . . “so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”   Esther risked her own life to petition the king. With God’s sovereignty at work, the Jews were saved from destruction and their enemies themselves were destroyed.

Trusting in the sovereignty of the God of Esther and Joseph brings untold peace. As my daughter continues to be led to more dangerous and more remote places, I am so thankful for God’s sovereign watch care over her, and His sovereign provision for her every need. Here are some additional verses which I return to often for comfort and confidence:

Romans 8:28 –  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

Matthew 10:28-30 – “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

Psalm 46:10a – “Be still, and know that I am God: . . . “

Isaiah 26:3-4 –  “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”

Lynette Roukes _Nothing tests our trust in the sovereignty of God quite like entrusting our children’s lives to Him, especially when they deal with difficult things or move far away as adults! Currently my younger daughter lives and works half way around the world from her parents.

Lynette Roukes is a happy resident of New Hampshire, the mother of two godly grown daughters, and a wife for 41 years and counting. After homeschooling her kids from K-12, Lynette spent over 10 years working in public schools as a paraprofessional before retiring in June 2023.

1 Comment

  1. Kathy

    What a wonderful testimony of a mom who truly has to live out what she is “preaching”. Thank you for sharing your heart!

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