Then the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in.” – Joshua 6:2-5 (NIV)
God makes statements throughout Scripture where He refers to future events as already done. Israel was 7 days out from the walls of Jericho crumbling before their marching band, but God tells them He has already delivered Jericho into their hands. This is a fundamental reality of God; He is without beginning or end, being fully present in each moment of time. This makes everything in history true for God, whether it has happened for us or not. Israel had spent 40 years in the wilderness fully dependent on this same ever-present God. This made whatever God said, however unlikely or seemingly impossible, a fact.
Parents are not ever-present or perfect, but they are called to integrity and servanthood. We have the opportunity with our children to model this character of God by being people who follow through. There are not many things that erode trust faster than broken promises. If we want our children to believe in a God who has already followed through on His promises, we need to be the kind of parents whose yes means yes and no means no. There is a caution that comes with this because we are not like God; we have limitations and boundaries. First, we must be careful about the promises we make.
As awesome and powerful as God is, His promises are limited and specific. This is not due to Him being limited, but because He meets us in the real world. His promises come to us through suffering and work and discipline and sacrifice. His promises are not magic potions that fix things; they are exhibitions of His grace and power in a broken, fallen world amongst broken, fallen people. His promises are His kingdom come. His promises have been true, are true and will be true, We need to help our children live in and hope for the promises of God because He is already there
We need to lead our children to where God already is. They need to develop vision that is defined by faith hope and love. We need to build in them and expectation that they can tear down walls.
Lord, thank you for being everywhere, all the time and all at once. Help us to live in an attitude of expectation for your works and will to be revealed. Bless my children with love and grace to keep them in the promises of God. Amen.