Saturday, March 5th, 2016
Parent Traps (Part 15)
Now Isaac loved Esau, because he had a taste for game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
Genesis 25:28 (NASB)
Eli's sons were scoundrels; they had no regard for the Lord... His sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them.
1 Samuel 2:12,3:13 (NIV)
Sometimes parents disregard their children. Isaac preferred Esau over Jacob. Sometimes parents disregard their evil. Eli, Samuel and King David did. The first type of disregard can create kids desperately seeking attention. They're tempted toward impetuous moves, which can bring years of sad separation.
The second type of disregard is worse. It can create monsters without conscience. When our children's bad deeds go unpunished, the lines of right and wrong are erased. Self-centered indulgence is rewarded. Unless they learn humility on earth, a hellish eternity may await.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If God is the world's best Gardener, if our children are like our gardens, then we must learn the Lord's Laws of growth.
1) Excellent Son-Light is essential. Without the nourishment of Jesus, without the wisdom of the Bible, parents and kids are prone to problems. Can genetic modifications crafted by devilish technicians change the very nature of our hearts?
2) Bad sproutings should be nipped in the bud, and ugly weeds must be uprooted. If we forget to prune our young vines, they won't be as hardy or fruitful. If we forget to dig out mean weeds, plants can dwindle or die by result. Careful regard is mandatory.
3) Our Father watches us ceaselessly. The entire universe can't compare to the Lord's regard for His children. He relentlessly pursues the hearts of His most cherished creation: us. His plans include daily maintenance for the cultivation of beauty, abundance and everlasting joy.
Realizing this amazing truth, shall we dare to disregard our kids?
'For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life' (John 3:16).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.