Ordinary Parenting

Amy Clemens

Read: Job 1:1-5

And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings . . . For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually. (v. 5)

I still don’t know where I got the idea that the Christian life was going to be easy. After all, Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33 NIV). And yet, Christians can feel discouraged, even betrayed, when things don’t go well after they’ve loved the Lord and entrusted their lives to him. This is especially true for me when I see my children struggle.

Job is probably the best biblical example of someone who lived righteously but still suffered mind-blowing tragedy. I often look to him for encouragement as I walk this broken road. When his story opens, we learn he often celebrates with his ten grown children. Afterwards, Job has a habit, a routine, a best-practices parenting procedure: he sends them home by blessing and naming them God’s, and rises early to sacrifice on their behalf just in case they have sinned. What a great example of ordinary parenting!

As Job’s life story illustrates, life is not easy, even with God as our friend. For any of the children in your life, his example is one of blessing, naming, and prayer—something we can all practice. —Amy Clemens

As you pray, let Job’s trust in God guide you as you bless, name as set apart for God, and ask forgiveness on behalf of the children in your life.