“The fear of the Lord is the beginning…”
Eight words, strung together by God, that give man the building blocks of life.
Eight words that provide the foundation for wisdom.
Eight words that are essential to understanding the meaning of life.
Eight words that guarantee a joyous life.
Eight words that lead to fulfillment in life.
Eight words that point the direction for what we must do if we want to please God.
Eight words that prove the faithfulness of God.
Eight words that are the beginning of our obedience to the Lord.
Eight words that eliminate the folly of talk and teach us how to walk before God.
And once we completely and unreservedly “fear the Lord,” we will have confidence and courage to face any obstacle in life because God is bigger than anything and everything else in the universe.
But those words do not end when our lives end. They are generational and, if the believer is faithful, will be passed from generation to generation.
Parents who want to provide safety and security and wellbeing for their children will do so because of their “fear of the Lord.” Scripture provides all the evidence any parent needs to realize the benefits that will come to their children if they - the parents – “fear the Lord” and are obedient to Him - no matter the cost!
Not parents? Pass the message on. It’s lifesaving!
Prayer: Lord, may we take to heart the significance and importance of those eight words, “the fear of the Lord” is where life begins. May we recognize Your power and our limits. Amen.
Scripture For Today: Whoever fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge. Proverbs 14:26
There is limited information in Scripture that describes the home life of Jesus. Every now and then we get a glimpse of something. But there can be little doubt that God and His teachings were at the center of everything.
We read that “Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.” No doubt His knowledge of and reverence for the Law and Prophets shaped His life and His reverence and relationship with His Heavenly Father and others.
Luke’s Gospel tells us about a family trip to the temple. On the way home, they noticed that He was not with them. When they returned to the temple they found Him listening to and answering questions of the learned teachers. At the tender age of twelve Jesus demonstrated to others the deep understanding of God’s Word that obviously came from His parents.
Mary and Joseph realized that they were obligated to God for the welfare and wellbeing of His one and only Son. While He was waiting to begin His public ministry He listened to their teachings and followed their examples of godly living.
Parents can never overlook or underestimate the influence and impact they have on their children. Parents must follow the example of Joseph and Mary in raising their children.
Prayer: We pray, Father, that parents will realize the important gift of a child and the trust You place in them to raise them to know, love, trust, obey and serve You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
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A mother recently said, “Before I had children I read every book I could on how to raise them. I must have developed at least a hundred theories on how I should bring them up and train them. Now, after raising seven children, I have only two: Love them even when they least deserve love, and hold them accountable for everything they do - even when it hurts.”
That sounds like advice that would come from God - not only about how we are to raise our children, but how He “raises” His children.
Everyone needs love - especially the type of love that has its source in God. His love is a love that is undeserved, fair, just, essential, and life-giving. It is a love that may require a self-sacrificial act for the good of anyone who God brings into our lives - whether a family member, friend, or someone who enters our life for a brief moment. It is a way of acting “with grace and mercy” toward another person rather than a feeling that may be fleeting and short-lived.
But there is also a need for accountability - being responsible, first to God and then to others to share His love. Although God has given each of us the freedom of choice, we are also responsible to Him for each and every choice we make. Whatever we do and wherever we do it, we are accountable to Him to show His love. When we are born again, we are changed from the inside out, and obligated to live His love, show His grace and demonstrate His mercy.
Prayer: Your Word, Lord, clearly states that others will know that we are Your disciples if we show them Your love. Help each of us to accept and fulfill this obligation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: If you love each other, all men will know you are My followers. John 13:35
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