December 20, 2019

Rerun from Daily Devotional December 12, 2016

This past weekend, my family had its annual Robbins’ Christmas. The entire clan gathered at my parent’s home in the country. We had the best time seeing brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and of course, my grandchildren.

While I dearly love my entire family, I spent most of the time either holding Emma or chasing Bruce. The problem is that, while I was at one time an exemplary father, I have forgotten how close you have to watch an 18 month old.

When Bruce and I were outside, I was with him every step of the way making sure he didn’t trip or run out into the road. But then when we wandered over by the fence, I didn’t realize there was a problem until Bruce reached out and grabbed the electric fence.

As soon as he made contact, I knew I had missed something. I said, “Dad is the electric fence on?” My father assured me it wasn’t.

Unfortunately, Caitlyn Su, Bruce’s mother and my daughter, heard me ask about the electric fence.

When I looked in her direction, I noticed she had that sort of puckered up “I am going to kill my father,” look. I praise God the electric fence wasn’t on because I would not have survived.

But one thing is for sure. Because I have electric fences all over my property, sooner or later, Bruce is going to reach out and grab one. It’s a matter of time. And when it happens, neither Caitlyn Su nor I will be there to stop him. It’s inevitable.

And this is a lesson that all parents and grandparents really need to learn. We will not always be there to protect our children. But there is someone who will always be there.

I am truly convinced the most important thing a parent can do for a child has nothing to do with a financial inheritance, a good education, or eating vegetables. It has to do with fostering a relationship with Jesus Christ. That’s because God will always be here.

The main promise of the gospel message is that God will walk with us through thick and thin. God will never desert us or our children. That’s what Jesus meant when he said, “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b)

So take a few moments to give God thanks for his continued presence and guidance. And if you have children, make sure they have a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It matters more than anything else.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, thank you for always being with me. Guide my steps, thoughts, words, and actions. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Even after being warned a million times, someday Bruce will touch an electric fence just because. I hope I’m around when it happens. That way I can tell him to always listen to his grandfather because I have never been wrong. Who knows, he just may believe me for three or four seconds.

I pray your day is free from the electric fences of life.

Tom Robbins