1Chr 5:25-1Chr 5:26 NKJV And they were unfaithful to the God of their fathers, and played the harlot after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them. So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, that is, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria. He carried the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh into captivity. He took them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the river of Gozan to this day.
It is intriguing to think or believe that God would call upon another person or group to reap havoc upon you. Reading throughout the Old Testament we can glean much of God’s punishment and justice which He plagued upon his own people because they were unfaithful to Him. However, if you were to read up on King David you would understand that he, at least, had the understanding that he was wrong in the situations and was deserving of punishment. It had taken me years, if not decades, to understand it was for this reason that King David was the apple of God’s eye.
Just think on that for a bit…
We have this nasty habit to consistently, and in a matter of fact fashion, be unfaithful to God in our daily lives. We don’t even bat an eye at it until one of three things happens: 1) God convicts us and our hearts, 2) A friend chastises us in our wrongful act, or 3) We recognize that we have done something wrong. But regardless of how we get to that point of repentance, most of us eventually get there, and we seek both God’s forgiveness and the strength of the Spirit in order to walk away from the path we strayed to; thus seeking the proper path that we should be walking on.
God’s love, our friends in Christ, and accountability can aid us in this trek throughout the remainder of our lives (regardless of how old we may be.) We as parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc., have responsibilities to help our youth for the next generation to walk the straight and narrow. But we must be willing to be walk the talk, as well!
Have you ever noticed that in years gone by that the children grew-up and matured faster than our children of today? Look at the differences: children were held accountable years ago, children were around their parents learning to accomplish grown-up things years ago, children were graduating college as early as 18-20, entertainment was reading; children of today are spending more time on television, more time on X-Box, World of Warcraft, are being influenced more by their friends than their parents. Years ago the children being raised were placed into a position where they had to use their brains, they had to remember; today’s children are writing everything down, putting reminders in their phones, etc., and I am a prime example of this culture. This can be changed, but parents have to take a stand with their children and against the school system.
I was listening to Scott Voorhees on KFAB 1110 AM radio and he mentioned about the fact that Asian students were soaring academically, where other students were bombing. The key factor were the actions of the Asian parents, they were aiding their children to learn and holding their children accountable; whereas, the non-Asian parents were absent from aiding their kids at all. What caught my ear was this:
“The outrage is that instead of taking an example from these Asian families, school authorities and non-Asian parents want to rig the system to hold these strivers back.“
Is that outrageous? Does that make your blood boil? I have heard time and again where people are trying to get fast burners, academically, to slow down to the speed of their slowest student. This ideology MUST stop! Now, yes, I did get a little bit off track, but think about this…if we take the position to aid our children in their school work, bible studies, teach them accountability, teach them an honorable work ethic, they will in the long run become better people, better students, better adults and better parents. And won’t the state, country, or world be all the better for it? Weren’t we once a great nation? Things need to change for these United States to be great again, as we have fallen so far behind (in some respects) some of the third world nations.
“Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.” ~Proverbs 22:6
By training our children, grand-children, and should you be so blessed your great-grand-children, you will train them up well. Many people are invariably drawn back to their root training to accomplish many rudimentary things. We are eventually all drawn to do so. This includes the inevitable desire to determine our purpose and reason for being, as well as, reconnecting with our Creator; if we were so foolish to walk away.
We need to rethink our intention of investing in our children, especially with the slow demise of this great nation. But what is this nation worth if there is no one of moral character to aid in its rebirth?
If we are not teaching our children to be faithful to God and His word, how can we possibly expect God to be faithful to our children or us???
May God Richly Bless You ALL!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD