6/01 Free From the World - 1

“The children of Israel were assembled with fasting . . . and the offspring of Israel separated themselves from all strangers. All they who separated themselves from the people of the land to the law of God, their wives, sons and daughters entered into an oath, enforced by a curse, to walk in God’s law. They said, we will not give our daughters unto the people of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons.” Neh. 9:1-2, 10:28-30

If you’re anything like me, you want the best for your children. We look back at the mistakes we believe our parents made with us and promise not to repeat them with our kids, However, I’ve noticed that most people simply go from one ditch to another one.

For example, a person who feels they were physically abused has a tendency to withhold discipline. Many that were deprived of material possessions spoil their children to the point of excess. Christians often even allow their sons and daughters to engage in activities where they become friends with and learn the ways of the world. All of these is done without truly counting the cost.

Parents of teenagers often ask, “Where did I go wrong?” Ending up in the wrong destination only takes a small degree of error at the beginning of a trip. It may not seem like a big deal to start with, but after a thousand miles or eighteen years, it can end up in tragedy.

The Jewish people were forbidden by God to mix with the people of the lands surrounding them. Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his son, Isaac. He made him promise not to take a woman that was a Canaanite, even though he lived  in Canaan. The Lord led the servant to Rebekah and soon she and Isaac were married. This statute was passed down but not always observed, much to the grief of everyone involved. After their two sons were grown, “Rebekah said to Isaac, I’m sick and tired of these local Hittite women! I would rather die than see Jacob marry one of them.” Thankfully, Jacob returned to his father’s people and walked in the blessing of Abraham.

Prayer - O Lord, my God, forgive me for where I have erred with my children. Help me to make the necessary corrections now. Give me wisdom and strength to  make right decisions for them. Show me my children’s inherent gifts and how to help develop them. I need your guidance to keep them unspotted from the world. In the name of Jesus, amen!