Many wrong and disturbing things can start to take place in the lives of individuals when God is not taught or an example of in the home. This is especially true when the parents are ignorant of God’s ways or don’t care and therefore, lead the kids to do that is wicked in god’s sight instead of that which is good. Things like smoking, drinking, looking at pornography, watching the wrong kinds of TV shows and movies, listening to the wrong music, fighting, arguing, cussing, divorce, sleeping around, partying, homosexuality tendencies, and other wicked and vial things are often in homes like this. Therefore, this is all the children know because of their upbringing, and when people of faith approach them it is often with ridicule. This is very sad, but unfortunately it is the life we live in today. Now, the same can be said in the times of the Bible, most importantly the days of Ahaziah. He was made king after his father Jehoram died. Unfortunately, his upbringing was not good, for his father died from a plague that God put upon him and his family. It is said that Jehoram 1“caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.” (2 Chronicles 21:11) Even his mother, Athaliah, was not a good example to him. It is said that “his mother was his counsellor to do wickedly.” (2 Chronicles 22:3) 2“Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the Lord like the house of Ahab: for they were his counsellors after the death of his father to his destruction. He walked also after their counsel.” (2 Chronicles 22:4,5) There was no looking to God, but instead, he looked unto men for the counsel he needed. And because of this, he failed as a king and later died.
As we’ve read in scripture, Jehoram was not a good king, for he did wickedly in the sight of God, just like his parents did. He did not have a good upbringing and it showed the way he lived. Because his parents raised him up to do wickedly, so he did the same. Therefore, God sent Jehu to execute judgment upon the house of Ahab and his family. They were then killed, along with Ahaziah. However, this evil did not stop, for his mother, Athaliah, took over as the ruler of the land. She even 2“destroyed all the seed royal of the house of Judah” (2 Chronicles 22:10) in her fury. This could have all been stopped if the parents would have known the Lord Jesus, and raised their children up to know Him. As it is said, 3“train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) Do you understand this to be true? I hope you do, for if you did, then as a parent you would be raising your children up to know the Lord. Even your conduct would portray the love of God as best as possible when you are in and out of the home. And if you are not married yet, can you say that your parents knew the Lord and raised you up this way? If not, what was it that got you on the right path? Surely, if you are reading this message, then God is now working in your life. You may not be perfect, but striving to follow Jesus. If this is you, then praise the Lord. Just remember that as Christians, we need to make our home a place of prayer and worship to the Almighty God. Our children should know our love and devotion to God, of which nothing will ever replace our love for Him. Therefore, we seek the Lord first and teach our children to do the same.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that more parents will start raising their children up to know You. Can’t they see the legacy they are leaving for their kids, when they don’t walk in Your ways? So often are people left without even knowing what is right and what is wrong, because Your counsel was left out of the equation. And so we have criminals on the streets, people who abuse their spouse, kids looking at pornography and into drugs. Even homosexual tendencies are brought in, thinking it is ok. Lord, these wicked and vial things are turning people’s hearts to do things that are very hurtful. Even the most abominable things in this world, being homosexuality, abortion, and pornography have no legal ramifications, making them seem right. So we have a generation who are raising their children up this way and even the news media swaying them to think in the same direction. This is so ridiculous, God, and needs to stop. I just wish that people of faith would rise up and start being a light unto the lost. May every person that believes in Your Name stand for righteousness and every good thing that You command. May our minds not be given over to the wicked ways of thinking, as we continue in prayer often and reading the Bible daily. Lord, we want to raise our children up right to know You. We wish millions of others in this world would also do the same. And if children were not raised up to know God, they can still become that bright light to their own kids, that they may do what You command and not the world. Lord, I know there are many people now that are standing up for Your cause and I am so grateful to have them in our family. What a great God You are. Your children are so amazing. I just pray that our lights never go dim, but that we keep seeking Your hand till the very end of our lives. I love You, God. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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