What? Are you serious? What good can it possibly be to have a difficult child? Or a teen who struggles with sin? Or a child who rebels against you?
Challenges with our children are as much (or more) about us than about them. Sometimes we discover that we are depending more upon ourselves than the Lord. So often we think that if we just do all the right things—have family devotions, discipline our children, love them, keep them from bad influences, educate them in a certain way—then they will automatically be saved and follow the Lord. But doing all the right things doesn’t change the heart. The Lord is the only one who saves and changes people, not all our practices and effort, as good as they may be.
We need to remember that God causes all things—even a teenager’s sin—to work together for our good. Here are 5 ways:
1. Having a challenging teen causes you to grow in dependence on God.
Going along with what was mentioned before, having a difficult teen causes us to grow in dependence on God—to cry out to the Lord in prayer, to seek him for mercy and grace and wisdom. It drives us to his Word, to seek out his promises. It causes us to grow in faith and trust in the Lord to work in our child.
"For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." -Isaiah 41:13
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