1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30 / Romans 5:1-21 / Psalm 15:1-5 / Proverbs 19:18-19
“Chasten your son while there is still hope and do not set your heart on his destruction.”
Anyone who is a parent knows it is a weighty job that comes with all kinds of challenges that seem to keep coming! The great news is God has given us all the instruction we need to do our job well right in His Word! This little verse is packed with so much truth…
“While there is still hope” refers to when a child is young – from the earliest age possible when the basic foundation of who they are, and are becoming, is being set – that’s when children are the most teachable and “shapeable”. Parenting challenges increase as children grow older and attitudes and behaviors are more practiced and have had time to “set in”. The earliest years are critical time that we as parents need to BE FULLY FOCUSED! The responsibility of nurturing our children, shaping them, teaching them, and helping them become the people God created them to be rests on our shoulders!
Is it a tiring season? Yes. Is it overwhelming at times? Definitely. But the truth is this: WE CAN’T GIVE UP OR LET UP. WE CAN’T TURN OUR JOB OVER TO OTHER PEOPLE OR THE TV SCREEN IF WE WANT TO DO THE JOB GOD HAS GIVEN US WITH EXCELLENCE – excellence our children desperately need so they can be strong, healthy and equipped to navigate this crazy world as they move into each new season of their lives.
AS WE CHOOSE TO SEEK OUR HEAVENLY FATHER AND LEAN ON HIM AND HIS WORD HE PROMISES TO LEAD US, STRENGTHEN US AND “TEACH US HOW TO TEACH” OUR CHILDREN! That’s unbelievably GREAT NEWS! He wants to blow our minds and give us strategies and ideas we could never know on our own! IF WE TAKE HIM UP ON WHAT HE OFFERS, OUR “EMPTY TANKS” WILL BE FILLED, REVIVED AND INVIGORATED SO WE WILL BE ABLE TO FULLY and EAGERLY EMBRACE THE JOB SET BEFORE US!
BTW…The amazing news is our God is a God of HOPE. It’s never too late – there is always HOPE set before those who love Him. No matter where we find ourselves in our parenting season, God promises the same things to us. He always offers His SUPERNATURAL STRENGTH, AND HIS INCREDIBLE STRATEGIES for EVERY AGE AND STAGE WE ARE IN!