1 Kings 9:6-8 “But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them: Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people: And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and to this house?”
Many may say that this only applies directly to Solomon as king of Israel, but, I truly believe that all scripture is given by inspiration for all of us to learn, to be guided, and to obey. First and foremost, Solomon was a child of God. Second, was his responsibility as husband to his wife (wives). Then, came his role as father to his children.
Even now, as my children are in age from thirty to twenty-two, I still take my role as father in their life very seriously. I pray for wisdom, understanding, and the words to speak when it is time to speak them. I follow the old axiom:
“Advice that is often unrequested, often goes unheeded”.
But when it comes to being a child of God, I want to have the heart that seeks after what God has for me. That spirit, that attitude comes from a respect for Who it is I am submitting to.
The effect I have had on my children is still there. The faithfulness to the things their mother and I have taught them will solidify over the years by constant diligence to keep on going in the way we have been pointing all along.
God’s promise for blessing comes twofold. First for remaining faithful.
Second, teaching it to your children.
For years others have watched and taken stock of what was said, how things were handled, what does the product look like. Then, they make the judgment whether or not it is worth following.
Our children are often, a picture window into our own character, integrity, and discipline. They reflect how we handled a certain situation. They mimic our responses to situations and circumstances. If I am competitive, often my children will be the same.
The godly traits they begin to apply in their life often reflect what they’ve been taught – but not always.
My heart goes out to every parent who has a wayward child. You feel you did your best and they seemingly ran the opposite direction. God knew that would happen.
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Simply – train and be trainable.
We think parenting stops at a certain age when in fact, as an adult man, my parents are still teaching me. Both of my parents are now in Heaven, but, even now, there are sayings, memories, situations and circumstances that bring back something my Mom or Dad may have said that will help me in my life.
I thank God that He provides for the nitty-gritty of life.
Just a simple thought this morning. But I hope one that will ruminate in your heart and mind for awhile.
Remember – this is the day that the Lord hath made – let us rejoice and be glad in it!