WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
"… thou shalt teach them
diligently unto thy children…"
After the death of the generation of elders who had seen all the great works of the LORD for Israel, the next generation failed to teach the people about the LORD and the works that He had done for Israel. The result was a quick and complete fall of the new generation. The new generation fell because of their spiritual compromise and idolatry (Judg 2:1-5) which was brought about by the neglect of their parents to teach them. Believing parents neglected their duty to care for and diligently teach their own children. Their unholy alliance prevented them from guiding their children in the way of the Lord. Their engagement in the pagan religions lured them away from God.
"When they forsook the only true God they did not turn atheists, nor were they such fools as to say, There is no God; but they followed other gods: so much remained of pure nature as to own a God, yet so much appeared of corrupt nature as to multiply gods, and take up with any, and to follow the fashion, not the rule, in religious worship" (Matthew Henry).
Christian parents, let not your children be drowned by the philosophies and publicities of this world. Let not their lives be drained into the vanity of worldliness and wickedness. Let not the next generation be lulled by the luxuries and laxities of this present life. Will you dare to imagine your children cast into the eternal inferno all because of you? Pause and reflect upon your role as parents. Have you done that which is necessary in order for them to live eternally in heaven? Fathers and mothers, do not waste your life on temporal earthly things of this world. Think of the souls of your children. Where are they heading to? Can you tell?
THOUGHT: Am I passing to my next generation the whole counsel of God?
PRAYER: "We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done" (Ps 78:4).