“Spoiled Children & Selfish Adults” April 24

 

"Spoiled Children & Selfish Adults" -

Children who grow to expect whatever makes them happy, often approach the throne room of God like spoiled children and grow to be selfish adults. How does your parenting help or hinder your children’s understanding of God? Could you be setting them up for failure in their relationships with a future spouse or others without even realizing it?

 

Today’s Readings:
Judges 13 & 14
Psalm 50.16-23
Proverbs 14.29-30
Luke 17.20-37

 

Judges 13 & 14:

Get her for me

Here we begin the story of Sampson. We’ll talk more about Samson’s calling and how God used him tomorrow, but today I’d like to comment on a few things about his relationship with his parents.

Obviously, these were loving people who desired a child very much. They believed in God and reverenced Him as we see from their responses when they realized they had been visited by the Lord.

But I have to wonder how they parented Samson. The first interaction we see between them and their son is in 14.1-2:

“Now Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines. So he went up and told his father and mother, saying, ‘I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore, get her for me as a wife.'”

His parents wanted him to do what was right:

“Then his father and mother said to him, ‘Is there no woman among the daughters of your brethren, or among all my people, that you must go and get a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?'” (v. 3).

Sampson’s response:

““Get her for me, for she pleases me well” (v. 3).

“Get her for me!” And, of course, they did. Sometimes in our love and desire to see our children “happy,” we can easily become indulgent with them, giving them the idea that the world revolves around them.

Our children learn much about the nature of God from us. If we allow them to expect
whatever makes them happy, how will they approach the throne room of God? Many believers seem to think that God is there to give them whatever they want without regard to His will or His knowledge of what’s best.

This “get-me-what-I-want” attitude will also hinder their relationships with others. Paul said: 

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too” (Phil. 2.3-4 NLT).

That’s very difficult to do if you’ve been taught you deserve whatever makes you happy!

spoiled teenagerThe eyes of man are never satisfied

The sad thing is that whether it’s our children or us, getting what we selfishly want doesn’t really make us happy. “… the eyes of man are never satisfied” (Prov. 27.20). It often makes us petulant, spoiled children, always looking for something else fun and exciting or new and different. We see that in the life of Sampson.

May the Lord help us to not foster that in our children and to see it for what it is in our own lives. Psalm 37.4 reminds us that we are to delight ourselves in the Lord and He will give us the desires of our heart. Remember that means he will place His righteous desires in our hearts and bring those to pass in His way and timing. But we must delight ourselves in Him. We do that by developing thankful hearts and finding our joy in Him.


Today’s Other Readings:

Psalm 50.16-23:

The mercy of God

Verse 21, “These things you have done, and I kept silent; you thought that I was altogether like you; but I will rebuke you, and set them in order before your eyes.”

We think because God doesn’t deal with sin quickly that He won’t really deal with it, but He will. In His mercy, He first gives us every opportunity to repent. We don’t complain when we are the recipients of His grace, but too often want justice, instead, when it’s someone who has sinned against us.

 

Proverbs 14.29-30:

Slow to anger

“He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, but he who is impulsive exalts folly” (v. 29).

How many times have we made fools of ourselves by responding to a situation in anger only to find we didn’t know all the facts? And how many times do we realize we’ve done more harm than good by our sinful response, even when a wrong has occurred?

James said it this way:

“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (Jas. 1.19-20).

 

Luke 17.20-37:

False christs

As we get closer and closer to Jesus’ return, the Scriptures tell us there will actually be men who will claim to be Christ Himself. Some of them will even appear to do miracles.

“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matt. 24.24).

But we are not to believe them.

“And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ Do not go after them or follow them. For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day” (vv. 23-24).

When Jesus comes back to claim His church, we will recognize him just as we recognize the lightning that flashes from one side of the sky to the other.

“Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4.17).

Alleluia!

Watching for His return,
Donna

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8 thoughts on ““Spoiled Children & Selfish Adults” April 24

  1. Great advice, Donna! It is sad the generations that are coming up with this entitled behavior. There are many people out there with financial success but still find themselves unhappy and unsatisfied. Thank you for encouraging us to be the people and parents God calls us to be. Glad to see you share on #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

  2. I grieve for this generation of children, with parents (and grandparents in a lot of cases) who are obsessed and distracted by technology and social media, So often the little ones are left playing alone, with nobody interested enough to interact with them. Truly sad.

    I found you at Spiritual Sundays. Happy weekend.

    • Sadly, that’s all too true. Recently, I watched a young mom and a little boy about 6 sitting at a small table in an ice cream shop. I don’t think the mom ever spoke to him. He just ate his treat in silence. It broke my heart. But I also know that I can be guilty of spending more time doing computer/blogging stuff myself, so I was convicted, as well. Blessings!

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