By what are your children known? Do you see tendencies that, if not dealt with biblically, will produce the fruit of unrighteousness?
2 Chronicles 3 & 4
2 Chronicles 3 & 4:
The grandeur of Solomon’s Temple
I don’t think we can even imagine the grandeur of Solomon’s Temple, not even in our high-tech Hollywood world. The gold and brass and handiwork alone must have stunned the senses! The craftsmanship and attention to detail were unlike anything else.
As magnificent as it must have been, even in that, God was more concerned about the heart of those who built it and those who worshipped there. What have you done and what do you do on a regular basis to prepare your heart to be a temple for worship to the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the Creator, the Great I AM?
Bow your heart before Him today. Ask Him to clean it out and make it a holy place where you worship Him.
“Because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy'” (1 Pet. 1.16).
When God allows the wicked to chastise His children
Verses 5-7 say, “How long, LORD? Will You be angry forever? … the kingdoms that do not call on Your name. For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place.”
Sometimes God uses the wicked for His holy just and righteous purposes. Sometimes it is for discipline as it was here. Other times it is the Vinedresser pruning us so we can bear more fruit (Jn. 15).
If it’s discipline, the answer lies in the remainder of these verses and in others like 2 Chronicles 7.14:
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
And Psalm 79.8-9:
Oh, do not remember former iniquities against us! Let Your tender mercies come speedily to meet us, For we have been brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; And deliver us, and provide atonement for our sins, For Your name’s sake!
If it’s pruning, thank Him for His love for You and ask Him to help you be a good steward of your trial. Either way, we can thank Him, because whatever He does is for our good and because of His love!
Proverbs 3.12, “For whom the LORD loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.”
Even a child is known by his deeds
Verse 11, “Even a child is known by his deeds, whether what he does is pure and right.”
Jesus said you will know a tree by its fruit and Matthew Henry says, about this verse, “even a young tree by its first fruits, a child by his childish things.”
Proverbs 19.18 says, “Discipline your son while there is hope, and do not desire his death.”
We need to seek God and His wisdom about those tendencies we see in our children. We cannot allow them to be selfish, to throw tantrums or to be cruel and unkind, thinking they will just outgrow it.
How can we expect them to be good spouses, employees, parents, etc. if we don’t train them? We must do our part to teach and train them, to be faithful stewards of the responsibility God has given us over them, even though they are ultimately responsible before Him. We, however, will answer for our faithfulness to our task. (see links at bottom for some excellent resources on parenting)
Do you believe … when you pray?
It’s a little humorous to think that these early disciples were all gathered together praying for Peter while he was in jail, and then when God answered their prayers and he knocked on the door, they said, “It must be his angel.” How about us, do we really believe prayer changes things or is it too often just a religious activity?
Let’s purpose to be more faithful pray-ers and let’s make sure our prayers are filled with faith!!!
Lord, help us to be Your humble servants today and every day whether parenting our children or living out our lives in other ways. Help us become people of prayer. Give the men and women and young people of our nation a desire to know You, to turn from wickedness and unbelief, beginning with us. And as we do, please hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land.
|Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Revised and Updated
By Tedd Tripp
|Don’t Make Me Count to Three!
By Ginger Plowman
|Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus
By Elyse M. Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson
|Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens, Second Edition with Study Guide
By Paul David Tripp
|Get Outta My Face! How to Reach Angry, Unmotivated Teens with Biblical Counsel
By Dr. Rick Horne
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