Scripture Of The Day and Daily Devotional - 08052006 - day 217 *****2 Kings*****
August 5, 2006
KJV – (King James Version)
NIV – (New International Version)
BBE – (Bible in Basic English)
Scripture of the Day
They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion , which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem , so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever. (KJV)
1Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. 2As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore. (NIV)
125:1 <A Song of the going up.> Those whose hope is in the Lord are like the mountain of Zion , which may not be moved, but keeps its place for ever. 125:2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem , so the Lord is round about his people, from this time and for ever. (BBE)
Verses for the Day:
5) Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
6) Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (KJV)
5In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them. 6Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. (NIV)
22:5 Thorns and nets are in the way of the twisted: he who keeps watch over his soul will be far from them. 22:6 If a child is trained up in the right way, even when he is old he will not be turned away from it. (BBE)
Thoughts for the Day:
These verses in Proverbs speak of the fate of the rebellious, as well as instructing parents to train their children in the right way. Verse 5 clearly tells us that the froward (rebellious) person will end up on a path that is hedged in with thorns and snares. We all probably know people who stay in "hot water." Many young people, to their own hurt, will not listen to the advice of their parents and elders, and end up going down the wrong road. They just seem to take their lessons in life the hard way -- doing their own thing. However, there is a group of Christian youth, who truly love the Lord, and have respect for authority and godly advice, and they are the ones described as "keeping" or "guarding" their souls. Among those, are young people who are chaste and have kept their virginity. They will escape the ravages of sexually transmitted diseases and scarred emotions, so that when they meet their mates they can begin a life together without pain and guilt. This is not true of the rebellious youth who go down the path of sexual experimentation and then are wounded by the thorns and snares that go with that lifestyle.
Verse 6 admonishes us, as parents, to help our children find the right path and stay on it. We are told in this verse to "train" up our children in the Lord. Many parents have grief in their hearts over their grown children who have gone astray from their Christian heritage and teachings. They have wondered why their children did not walk in what they were taught. One reason for this is that many parents did not "train" their children, but only "taught" their children about the things of God. Teaching is sharing information, while training integrates that teaching into a lifestyle. As parents, we should also pray and ask the Lord to help us direct our children in the calling He has for them. We need to recognize the God given gifts they possess and encourage them along those lines.
Training is a lot more tedious and takes a committed effort on the part of parents. Training involves enforcing and reinforcing what is being taught. Lack of teaching and training our children in the standards and absolutes, as outlined in the Bible, has been the reasons so many of our children are misguided. Many of our children are not receiving godly standards from their Christian parents, but are being taught by humanistic teachers in the public schools (where prayer is no longer allowed). If they do not receive their guidance there, they are getting it from baby sitters, secular movies, videos, CDs, games, books, magazines and last, but not least, their own peers. Parents have abdicated their roles as mentors, while our children get their values from our immoral society.
We must get back to training our children in the ways of the Lord. The Bible commands children to obey their parents in all things, if they want to please the Lord. (Of course, this means in all moral and right things. There are corrupt parents who would ask their children to do evil things, and a child should not obey in those things.) Parents are also told, to not provoke their children to anger, and thereby discourage them. Parents are to be kind and good to their children, as the Lord is kind and good to us, His spiritual children.
20) Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 21) Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. (KJV)
20Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. (NIV)
3:20 Children, do the orders of your fathers and mothers in all things, for this is pleasing to the Lord. 3:21 Fathers, do not be hard on your children, so that their spirit may not be broken. (BBE)
If we call on the Lord to help us, as parents, He will give us the wisdom, love and patience to raise our children properly, even in a wicked world; and when they are grown they will not depart from the things that they learned from us.
Prayer for the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for all You have done for my children and grandchildren. Lord, I am grateful that they all know You. It was Your love and grace that made that possible. Lord, I do pray that You keep each of them in Your Hand and keep them from the evil influences in this world. Help me to continue to be that mentor and model for all of them and most of all, help me to always show love to each of them. Lord, lead each of them into the ministry that You have ordained for them. May they find the right mate so they can walk together in their life's calling. Protect them all. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Keep each other in PrAyer and display HuMility. Have a BlEssed day and stay ENcourage.
God is Good All the Time!!!
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