When we’re feeling pushed far beyond our human limitations, and we look in the mirror only to find our face worn and weary with the day’s demands, we can turn to God’s Word and read the relief God promises.
O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?
O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?
Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired, and
young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
(40: 27–31 NLT)
Did you get all that? There’s a lot of relief packed into this passage:
• God does not lose track of us.
• God very much cares what happens to us.
• God’s knowledge and understanding cannot be measured.
• God never grows weak or weary.
• He knows everything. Every. Single. Thing.
• He gives power to the weak.
• He gives strength to the powerless.
What we learn through the words of Isaiah is that who God is, which is sovereign, and what He gives us, which is grace, is enough. And He wants us to trust Him. When we’re exhausted—both mentally and physically—He wants us to rely on Him to be all that we need. He wants us to recognize that parenting is actually meant to—designed to—deepen our dependence on Him. He is wooing our hearts closer and closer to His in and through our kids.
God actually has a simple but profound message for us regarding our quest to be enough. In Psalms 46:10, His voice breaks through and proclaims, “Be still and know that I am God.”
I have clung to this verse for years. In fact, I most love the New American Standard translation that says, “Cease striving and know that I am God.” I’ve recently discovered something that makes this verse even more meaningful to me. The Hebrew meaning for “be still” is “enough.” Oh, how profound this is for our lives and for our parenting. He is saying, Enough of trying to be enough!
This post originally appeared on JeannieCunnion.com and was republished with permission.