"All your sons will be taught of the LORD; and the well-being of your sons will be great." (Isaiah 54:13)There comes a time when our children must find their own relationship with the Lord. Children are inherently born with an innate knowledge of God and, as they grow, they enjoy a relationship with God that is based upon child-like faith. "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all." (Luke 18:16-17) For each of us, however, there comes a time when we must choose to follow God for ourselves. The faith of our parents will not be enough, we will need our own faith. Our parents may know the Lord, but we must know Him for ourselves. It reminds me of the woman Jesus met at the well. She went and told everyone in her city about Jesus and how He had told her everything she had ever done. Later, after Jesus spent some days in that city, the other people cane to a knowledge of Jesus. They said to the woman, "It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world." (John 4:42)
The promise of this verse is that God desires to reveal Himself to all mankind, even to our children. God is not hiding Himself, but He is readily found by all who seek Him. The promises of the scripture are not just for ourselves, but also for our children. "For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself." (Acts 2:39) As a parent, it can be hard to trust the Lord with our children's salvation. So often I want to jump in and "give God a hand." In those times, this scripture gives me comfort. For as much as I desire my children to follow the Lord, He desires it even more so. God is committed to the spiritual well being of our children. He is always watching our for them and, even when the are out of our sight, they are never out of God's sight.