We can believe in God for most of our lives and even follow in His ways, but our standing with God is over if we stop and not come back. If people go against God, they leave their blessings behind also. They have chosen their own man-made gods to follow, and are now in trouble with God. Even their children are now in danger, for they have no more guidance on what is right and what is wrong according to the Bible. It is because they are no longer being raised up correctly to know God, this is when very bad choices start to be made in their lives also. What families need are good role models for God and when this is not the case, the kids also suffer because of the unbelief of their parents. What is sad is that Solomon once loved the Lord and walked in His ways, but later on went against God in committing fornication with all his many wives. He also became an idolater, while worshiping other gods. And so his children would have no good example to follow. Even Rehoboam, Solomon’s son became very ruthless to the people, which caused the kingdom of Israel to be divided. Because Rehoboam didn’t want to hear the people but only hurt them more with scropions, half the people made Jeroboam their king in Judah, while those left in Israel followed after Rehoboam. This happened just as God said to Solomon, because of his grievous sins. 1“The Lord said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.” (1 Kings 11:11) God keeps to His word, especially when we go against Him and do not repent later on. So what this caused was a great divide among the Jewish people at large, which is very sad.
After the people were divided, Rehoboam was about to go to war against Jeroboam and the people of Judah but was stopped in his tracks when God sent his servant Shemaiah to talk sense into him. It says that 2“when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon. But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying, speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, saying, thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the Lord, and returned to depart, according to the word of the Lord.” (1 Kings 12:21-24) This is when Jeroboam 2“made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan. And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.” (1 Kings 12:28-30) And so we have God upset with Jeroboam and the people of Judah because they worshiped these calf idols, which became their gods. As you can see, when a kingdom is divided, along with families, many bad and evil practices begin to take shape in people’s lives. For this reason, it is very important to continue on God’s path and also raise your children up the same way. Then, will they also come to know God for themselves.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that families will not only stay together but that they will continue in the faith until the end. Many dark and evil things begin to take shape in people’s lives when a parent decides to go against God and instead live their own life. What this person doesn’t realize is that they have also left their example of faith in You behind. And therefore, they have not only caused a rift in their own relationship but in their family’s relationship with You as well. So their children no longer have a shining example of what true faith is like anymore, but the opposite. This is very sad, God. So many broken families come from parents that left You and are now living in sin. People don’t even realize the damage they left upon their children and their children’s children, because of their bad choices until later. So, Lord, I pray that with families like this, that the children will still come to know You, as Lord of their lives. That they will meet good Christians, evangelists, and preachers, that will teach them in Your ways. I pray that these beautiful kids that are now left behind in the unbelief of their parents will still have a chance to know You personally as the Savior of the world. And for parents that are contemplating leaving You behind now, may people of faith talk some sense into them. That the Holy Spirit will convict them of their sins. Then, will they see what they are about to do to their children’s lives, even for generations to come. We don’t need more generational problems that come from one parent’s unbelief, just because one man or woman has left You behind. This is so wrong. So I pray that this will stop in Your mighty Name, Jesus. I pray for a full restoration in these broken families. That people will be fully restored to the faith and decide, once and for all, that they will live their lives for You. Even until the end of their days, that they will serve their King. You are the King of glory and I love You, God. I give You glory and praise this day and forever. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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