Theology from the back seat

“Mom, does God love Satan?” 

This was the question I heard coming from the backseat yesterday evening. 

She’s six by the way. 

It was the sincerity of her question that moved me, she was genuinely curious and concerned for her enemy. Thank God for His Holy Spirit, and the sword of Truth that is His Word. 

In the moment, I didn’t have to “lean on my own understanding,” instead, I was able to share with her God’s heart for His enemy:

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. Matthew 5:44-45

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

She grew quiet, this is big Truth for any mind to wrestle with…

It was time to share another truth with her, one that is meant to comfort and provide hope:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Jesus, precious Jesus. 

One of the toughest, yet most amazing things about parenting, is that it is a constant stream of letting go. As our children grow older, we must allow for this to take place. We must trust our Heavenly Father with the hearts and minds of our most treasured possessions. 

There was great struggle and even fear in her questions. Yet, God knows her heart, and He is speaking to her in the ways that only He can. I’m so thankful that she isn’t afraid to ask the tough questions, I pray this is always the case. 

Welcome the struggle between fear and hope that our stories undoubtedly contain, God isn’t afraid of your questions. He will gently, yet boldly declare His great power and truth.

Abiding,

Hailey

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Wife, Mom to two young girls, Counselor, Cook, Athlete, and Follower of Jesus

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