July 16th, 2005


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Rebellious Children

Read Ephesians 6:1-4

Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.
Proverbs 22:6 (NRSV)

KING David's son Absalom ordered his brother murdered in an act of vengeance (2 Sam. 13:26-29). Pardoned by David, Absalom rebelled by plotting David's overthrow (2 Sam. 14:33 - 15:12). Though Absalom's behavior was extreme, anyone who has reared children has probably seen them exhibit troubling rebelliousness and disobedience.

Some of our most heartrending times come when we deal with our defiant children. We cry out to God, asking why all our love, good words, and guidance haven't been enough to help them be obedient to us and to God.

But God's word never tells us that our children won't rebel. The advice in Proverbs 22:6 leaves room for rebelliousness and disobedience; they can be part of the process of growing up. It also gives us assurance: If we are faithful in raising our children with love and strong guidance and are good examples of faithfulness to God, we will see the fruits of our labors. Our part is to give our children training, love, and the example of faith. The rest is up to them and to God.
Dennis Whitehead (Michigan, U.S.A.)

God, give us wisdom in all our relationships, that we may draw those we love toward you. Help us trust that you will care for them and bring them to a life of faith. Amen