Parents are tasked with the colossal responsibility of providing protection for their children. We have to make sure that our children are safe from societal elements that may be harmful to their spiritual, emotional, or physically well-being. Sounds easy enough, but it’s not!
Spiritually, Christian parents make an extra effort to ensure that their children are raised with a biblical foundation, following that mandate that we are to train up children so that when they are older they will not depart from what they’ve been taught (Proverbs 22:6). Despite our best efforts, it doesn’t always work. But our responsibility nonetheless is to erect some sort of spiritual boundary of protection.
Emotionally, many parents try to protect their children from bad relationships. Fathers, especially those with daughters, will sometimes clean their gun in the presence of a young man who is making an attempt to court their daughter. If a dad thinks he smells a rat, he will usually forbid any furtherance of the union, sometimes at the expense of pushing their daughter further into shark infested waters. Again, it is the nature of protection that causes dads to make every effort to protect their child.
Physically, parents want to protect their child from any hurt, harm, or danger just because we cannot bear the thought and anguish of our child being hurt. Mothers especially will cry with their children over the smallest scrape or bruise because they assume their child’s pain and feel as though they should have been their to protect their child from injury. Many times, we will even put ourselves in harm’s way for the sake of the child.
But the bottom line is this: there is only one reliable source of protection, that is, our GOD. He can protect all of His children from anything physical, emotional, or spiritual. He can protect us from every attack of the enemy, if we trust Him and call solely on Him. Will you?