One of the greatest things we can do in this world is to be a positive influence to a child, teaching them diligently and raising them up in the way of the Lord. The greatness of our future generations is directly proportional to the amount of God’s Word that we can sow into our children. As followers of Jesus Christ, each one of us can play a part. Whether it be our own children, our relatives, or children through the community or churches. Every Word that we can sow into our children is a blessing to our Lord and to our future.
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“Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting.” – 1 Samuel 2:22
Today’s scripture is a great example of parenting gone bad. Eli was extremely disappointed in how his children lacked spiritual wisdom and a love for the Lord. Instead they satisfied the flesh and even ignored Eli’s rebuke. This of course ended badly for them and they ended up dying young as per the prophesy of the man of God who came to Eli. And while I’m sure the enemy was pleased that he was able to tempt Eli the priest’s sons, we know that what the enemy intends for harm, God and turn around for good. And he does so by raising up Samuel who raises up Saul and then the great King David who as we know slays Goliath and is one of the most famous of leaders in Jewish history.
Samuel was fortunate to have been raised by Eli in the church, and became a critical part of history by helping set the stage for the birth of Jesus Christ. He didn’t know God’s great plan for the future, but he was faithful in seeking the Lord and doing whatever God asked him to do. And through his small daily acts of obedience, the history of the world was forever changed.
What is God asking us to do? What small acts of obedience are we being called to? Let us seek the Lord first and be obedient to whatever God asks us to do. Every act of every believer plays a critical part for the benefit of future generations. Do the right thing. Sow seeds of God’s Word into our children. And through our simple acts of obedience, we can raise up spiritual leaders of future generations. The enemy attacks are strong and they are real. Let us not sit idly by, for our faith is made complete by what we do. And let everything that we do, we do in love.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word of instruction and correction this morning. Help me to be a better father and leader at home. Help me to be more deliberate in my planning at our home. Help me to keep our family the top priority. Fill me with your goodness and mercy, and let me walk in your love and Presence. Help me to be more like you Father, so that I more closely resemble the love of Our Father in heaven. We give you all the honor and glory, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: 1 Samuel 1,2; Psalm 66; 2 Corinthians 7
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” – (Proverbs 22:6)
- “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” – (Deuteronomy 6:7)
- “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” – (Genesis 50:20)
- “You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.” – (James 2:22)
- “Let all that you do be done in love.” – (1 Corinthians 16:14)
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