Welcome to my new devotional series created for ALL moms! I often speak to homeschool moms, but this series is for any mom out there who wants to grow in her walk with the Lord and her understanding of the Word as it pertains to motherhood! Please share with your mom friends!
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Like many of the Psalms, at first glance there doesn’t seem to be much that is applicable to our lives as moms, but nothing could be further from the truth!
We live in a culture that shakes it fist at God in countless ways. This includes the leaders and people who hold high positions with the power and authority. We see corruption on every level from community, state and federal government. Our hearts grieve as places like New York put laws into place that permit the killing of a baby as it is leaving the womb.
As I held our newborn grandson just a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but think of all the babies out there who will not have the opportunity to take their first breath. I thought about how incredibly vulnerable babies are. They are dependent on those around them to care for and protect them and instead they are being murdered in the womb and now as they leave the womb. THIS, this is man shaking his fist at God’s boundaries and the order that He has established in creation. This is man telling God that he wants to be in charge.
This is nothing new. This is born into the heart of man. Psalm 51: 5 says, “For I was born a sinner, from the moment my mother conceived me.”
I’ve seen it in myself and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has experienced this with my own kids (please tell me I’m not the only one): When I have told my 1 year old not to touch something and that child has the nerve to look me in the eye, smile at me and then touch the thing.
Unless the heart of man is transformed by the love and grace of God, there is no hope.
Ephesians 2:8,9 says, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
This sinful heart that we are born with was gifted to us by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The Enemy cunningly and pretty quickly convinced Eve that God was holding out on her (insinuating that He was not good) and that somehow she could be like God. And what did Adam do? He went right along with it and then blamed Eve. And since then, the Enemy continues to appeal to that temptation in our hearts…that God is not good and that we can be like Him (be God ourselves).
So here we are as Christian moms waging this same war in ways we may not recognize. In how many ways are we, by our actions and words, saying that God is not good? When does “venting” turn into complaining against God? I’m not saying we cannot say anything negative or grieve the difficulties we face in life. A few minutes in the Psalms will quickly show that God never looks down on the sufferer or the needy and He wants us to pour our hearts out to Him. When we do that, we are essentially saying, that He is good…good enough to trust with our needs and that He is God and we are not. This flies in the face of the original temptation that the Enemy continues to seduce us with. And that, my friends, is God at work transforming and redeeming us!
How does all of this tie into today’s passage? It reminds us where we have come from and that the heart of man is not naturally good. Without God man is vulnerable to every possible evil temptation including all that we are seeing around us. We are reminded why rulers make decisions that are shockingly anti-God.
Psalm 2 was written describing the Lord’s appointment of a king descended from David which ultimately led to the perfect king who would come and save us from our sinful hearts…King Jesus.
As I read this Psalm, I can’t help but think of its application toward the political world. As moms, we can’t help but wonder where all of this chaos is headed. It can feel overwhelming and we can so easily begin to fear for our children.
BUT GOD. Reading through these words is a clear reminder of who is really in charge and suddenly the bigness of God far outweighs man’s puny attempt at control.
1 Why are the nations so angry?
Why do they waste their time with futile plans?(plans: the original word suggests and attitude of opposing God in speech or in thought.)
2 The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
the rulers plot together
against the Lord
and against his anointed one (they hate God’s order, want to be completely independent of God, scheme to dominate God’s people.)
3 “Let us break their chains,” they cry,
“and free ourselves from slavery to God.”(they believe that submitting to God will mean enslavement for them)
4 But the one who rules in heaven laughs.
The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then in anger he rebukes them,
terrifying them with his fierce fury.
6 For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne
in Jerusalem (Zion) on my holy mountain.”
7 The king proclaims the Lord’s decree:
“The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son.
Today I have become your Father(or I will reveal you as my son)
8 Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
the whole earth as your possession.
9 You will break(rule) them with an iron rod
and smash them like clay pots.’”
10 Now then, you kings, act wisely!
Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
11 Serve the Lord with reverent fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,
and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—
for his anger flares up in an instant.
But what joy for all who take refuge in him!
Moms, we know how the story ends. God is sovereign, powerful, just and merciful and He will have the last word. In the meantime, we can have joy in the midst of our circumstances as we take refuge in Him and we can take refuge in Him because He is good.
Dig deeper: How does today’s passage bring peace and comfort to your heart as you filter the chaos around you (political or otherwise) through it? How has your perspective changed and your fears been alleviated?
(*aff link: my favorite study Bible-New Living Translation Illustrated Study Bible)