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Praying for My Child to Flunk Math

Praying for My Child to Flunk Math

“For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9 (HCSB)

Math is not my strong suit and it never has been. It was the subject I struggled with the most during my school years. But I’ve recently discovered that my view of God is filtered through an algebraic mind-set. And when I first noticed the signs, I went into immediate denial. There was no way it could be true.

But the evidence was irrefutable.

Without realizing it, I’d put God in a box, bracketing Him inside equations. And I’m betting a lot of you may have as well.

Let me see if you’re familiar with these two spiritual equations I’m referring to:

Following the Rules + Making the Right Decisions = Living a Blessed Life

Sinning + Bad Decisions = Living a Troubled Life

On the surface this math looks pretty good. But when I began to dig deeper, I realized that rather than finding God’s truth in the equations above, I’d become tangled in a lie.

I had traded the truth of God for fairness and tried to call it justice.

God is so much more than fair. His love destroys such a simplistic concept and replaces it with grace.

Along with that comes things I can’t understand—good people who suffer and bad people granted eternal life. At times this world looks like it rewards those who cheat and punishes the one that do the right thing.

But I’ve discovered I don’t have to understand to trust Him.

You may wonder at where I find the evidence for hope. I find it all around me. I’ve seen it played out in my life and the lives of those around me. Beyond that I see examples of it on almost every page of the Bible. God proves over and over again that He gives us so much more than the condemnation that we deserve.

So this has led me to a new prayer from my children – asking God to make sure they don’t fall for some bad math too.

Dear Lord, You’re still teaching me more about You and Your love for us each day. Recently I realized I’ve let a lie about You creep into my life. I’m asking You to make sure my children haven’t fallen into the same trap. Keep them from being swayed by the lies the world tells about You. Show them that You are bigger than the situations they see around them. Don’t let them trade logic for truth.

Grow their faith as they encounter difficult circumstances. Surround them with irrefutable truth about who You are and how much You love them. Reassure them that You are in control, even if they don’t understand what’s happening. When they doubt, open Your arms and comfort them. Amen.

By: Edie Melson—author, blogger, speaker—has written numerous books, including Soul Care When You’re Weary & While My Child Away: Prayers for When We’re Apart. Married to her high school sweetheart, Kirk, they live in the upstate of South Carolina and have raised 3 sons. Connect with her on through Twitter and Facebook.

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