The Digital World
Raising children in a digital world brings challenges, boundaries, trials, and temptations; the enemy is always lurking. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
There is an agenda towards the youth shoving sexuality down their throats; through media, culture, music, and more. and this is not an exhaustive list on the many platforms. Here are some to name a few: Pinterest, Discord, Instagram, Snapchat, predators are on Roblox, and Discord, is a platform known for human trafficking; I want to share a true story with you, I was in Starbucks, and a woman overheard me talking with my girls as we were talking she said; she was sorry to intrude while I was having a conversation with my girls about social media and Discord, She shared her story with us and said her niece was kidnapped, drugged and raped, she met up with someone from Discord who pretended to be someone he was not, he was a human trafficker. It is heartbreaking, and I thanked her for sharing her story. This digital world is not safe without the help of parents and without any filters on the computer, meaning paid membership, it is impossible to block or hide, this causes for due diligence.
The rod and rebuke give wisdom, But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. Proverbs 29:15
This scripture reminds us it is not good to leave a child to themself, they need guidance, care, and direction. It is not good for them to be alone constantly. We must pray.
As parents, it is our job to protect children from the vast pervertedness out there in this world. They are constantly bombarded, and most youths are not looking for it; kids are not exempt because they are homeschooled, go to church, and are Christians. There is a battle, and we can do something about it by fighting this battle on our knees in prayer and communicating God’s foundational truth with them daily; this is one area we cannot slack on.
As parents, it is our job to disciple our children and train them in the ways of the Lord, to teach them diligently; God is the one who tills the soil of the hearts of children, we indeed can plant seeds of His truth, His ways, His standards all by His grace. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” What an honor that we come to the throne of grace; we can seek the LORD’s wisdom.
James 1:5-8, If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Proverbs 31:27, She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.
The Excellence of Wisdom
Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
At the highest point along the way,
where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
beside the gate leading into the city,
at the entrance, she cries aloud:
“To you, O people, I call out;
I raise my voice to all mankind.
Dear LORD, thank You that You are Sovereign, You are Mighty there is nothing too hard for You. This world is complex and challenging. Social media and any form of media can be challenging to navigate, wickedness does increase in this world, but LORD helps us be a source of good, share Your truth, and love. We lift up struggling families, kids who are bombarded by the culture by social media, those who struggle with depression, and the many attacks of the enemy. I pray for single moms who have to raise their children alone; please let Your love and grace carry them through. Let them see You are the perfect Heavenly Father, and You will be a Father to the fatherless. I pray for moms who do not know You may they know You are good and that You are LORD and Savior, please send people to share the Gospel and the hope that You give. Please protect their kids from the dangers of media and all the wickedness out there; protect their precious eyes and souls. Please guard their household with warring angels all around. Protect them from the pestilence that creeps. Help the moms who have to go to work for hours and cannot be home with their children, give them the grace they need, surround their kids with safe people who love and reverence You. Keep them far away from deceptive lies and anyone who would harm them. Please expose the enemies’ wicked schemes. We love You, LORD, and You are Good. Teach us Your ways.