Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 84)
Shoulders: Children's Yokes
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.
It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the Lord.
It is good for a man to bear
The yoke in his youth.
Let him sit alone and keep silent,
Because God has laid it on him;
Let him put his mouth in the dust.
There may yet be hope.
Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him,
And be full of reproach.
For the Lord will not cast off forever.
Though He causes grief,
Yet He will show compassion
According to the multitude of His mercies.
Lamentations 3:25-32 (NKJV)
In the U.S., I don't see many kids under parental yokes (of discipline). Instead, they're carried, pampered or ignored. Tired parents bear heavy burdens of work, while bossy kids sit in the driver's seat--directing a course for the things they want.
The family dynamics God ordains are flipped and turned every which way but up, by 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2). He produced this age of entitlement and his favorite players are children. Selfishness is nurtured, rather than nipped.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Regarding the yoking of children (a symbol of attentive guidance), consider some pointed reminders:
1) If you're still living with a parent, be submissive and non-demanding. If Jesus lived this way, so should you.
2) If you're a mom or dad raising kids, gentle discipline is like good yeast. Your children will rise to godly lives.
3) If you're a performer for the Lord, model the benefit of God's yoke: paradoxically, it's freedom.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.