Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, May 2nd, 2020
Hope: Raises God's Children
He established a testimony in Jacob,
And appointed a Law in Israel,
Which He commanded our fathers,
That they should make them known to their children;
That the generation to come might know them,
The children who would be born,
That they may arise and declare them to their children,
That they may set their hope in God...
Psalm 78:5-7 (NKJV)
Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not set your heart on his destruction.
Proverbs 19:18 (NKJV)
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.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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