Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not set your heart on his destruction.
In the ultimate love of God's great plan, He says, 'All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children' (Isaiah 54:13, NKJV). I speak these Words and cling to Their promise.
All good parents want good for their children, evidenced by joy in a fruitful life. But the way Christians define the good life comes from an utterly different Source: God's Word, perfectly modeled in Jesus.
Consider some of the differences in the ways and means of raising our kids:
The world offers unceasing indulgence. The Lord commands attentive discipline.
The world gives participation trophies. The Lord gives failure the title of teacher.
The world rewards its highest achievers. The Lord rewards His lowliest servants.
The world's success concerns acquisition. The Lord's success centers on sacrifice.
The world wants kids to know all about it. The Lord wants kids to know all about Him.
The world markets hope on its shifting sands. The Lord offers hope on His solid Word.
To sum it all up: without wise parents diligently pointing children to God, the world may capture their minds, hearts and hopes.
## Hope: Raises God's Children (Part 21)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.