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  • Writer's pictureJackie Bankston

A Parent's Love

Thank you for your support. I hope this blesses you.

As an even younger Christian, if I am honest, I used to imagine God as some huge Chess Master. I used to wonder, in my lack of understanding, what is the point of prayer? I thought God controlled everything anyway, why pray about it. I have since come to realize that before we are born we are appointed and chosen, but it is up to us as to whether we step into our assignments. We will never feel satisfied until our feet are placed where God wants them, but he will not place our feet there unless we are willing to go. What if we aren’t? I believe God moves someone else into position. BUT, we are called to OUR circle. Who will reach your circle if not you? Who will reach my circle, if not me? God has called us all to something before we were even born. That is why we feel so unsatisfied when we are outside of His will.

Anyway, I was asking myself, does this “chess master” care about me? Well, the Bible says that he does.

35 Who shall ever separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35, 37-39 amp)

Well, if that’s the case, what is love?

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

I began comparing myself as a mother and God as my Father. I began asking questions like…

Why do I feed my children? b/c I do not want them to go hungry

Why do I put them to bed? b/c they need rest

Why do I punish them? b/c they need to learn self control

Why do I monitor what they watch? b/c I don’t want them exposed to certain things

There were MANY more questions, but God was showing me as a parent I want these things for my children. As my father, he wants me fed, rested, self controlled, and protected from unnecessary things.

If you struggle with understanding God’s love for you, ask yourself why you make certain choices for your children. If it is out of love, then God wants that for you.

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