As mothers, we are called to protect our children. But what type of protection are we to offer? Of course we should protect our children from physical harm, such as playing with matches, falling down stairs, and bullying on the playground. Do we feel the same way concerning emotional and spiritual harm?
During the thirteen year time span that I have been a mother, I have been accused of many things. Some phrases that come to mind…
You sure do overprotect your children.
Better watch out, one day that bubble you keep your children in is going to pop!
When your children are grown, they are going to rebel against everything you have taught them.
These accusations have been hurtful, especially when coming from family! They have caused tears, and much second guessing of my mothering skills on my part. The world (and many well meaning Christians) tell us that we must expose our children to evil in order for them to stand against it. That to not allow our children to attend public school, to date at 14, and watch PG-13 rated movies is foolish. But is this biblical?
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
Through much Bible study, I have never seen any verses that go something like this, “Expose yourself to evil, in doing so you will be able to stand against it!” Actually, I have seen quite the contrary.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor the sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Everyone knows that we are to protect our children physically. Even the world champions that. As Christians, we are to take the next step by protecting our children emotionally and spiritually, and we should actually be more concerned about the spiritual than the physical sense!
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)
Through scripture we see that God is our protector. He is our shelter and our shield. When we protect our children from ungodly influences, we are exhibiting God-like character traits. Godly mothers should resemble the nature of God, which is the definition of God-like.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
Mothers, when we protect our children from physical, emotional and spiritual harm, we are showing our children the very nature of God. May God use us mightily to lead our children to Him. Our God can and will prepare our children’s hearts to serve Him while we shelter them from evil.
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