Sunday, April 9, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: RAISING CHILDREN TOO BUSY FOR GOD

ISAIAH 54:13 King James Version
And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. 

A disturbing thought occurred to me as I left my house one Sunday morning, around 9AM: Today’s children are to busy to spend time with Father God.

I see it all around me. Young people who have children and determine the best way to keep them out of trouble is to keep them busy with activity. Parents are just as busy but find time to attend or participate in, as coaches, in their child’s various athletic after school activities. True many take them to church if their is not a sporting event happening but are they really being taught about Jesus?

Once upon a time schools used the Bible to teach our children. As government’s involvement with education increased the word of the Lord decreased; but prayer remained. Prayer was replaced by a moment of silence and then that moment of silence was abolished. Look at the schools today, look at the behavior of our young people.

The New King James Version of the Bible translates Isaiah 54:13 this way: “All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.” It God through you that teaches children who He is.

EXODUS 4:15
Now you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth. And I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and I will teach you what you shall do.

DEUTERONOMY 4:36 Expanded Bible
He spoke to you from heaven to ·teach [instruct; or discipline] you. He ·showed [revealed to] you his great fire on earth, and you heard him speak from the fire.

PSALM 71:17 The Voice
You have taught me since I was young, O God, and I still proclaim the wonderful things You have done.

Are those of us born in the late 50’s early 60’s what is left of those who believe everything in the Bible from Genesis 1:1  to Revelation 22:21? At least hear in the United States of America.

PSALM 94:10  Expanded Bible
Won’t the one who ·corrects [instructs; disciplines] nations ·punish [reprimand; reprove] you?  Doesn’t the teacher of people know everything?

There is a hell to avoid and a heaven to seek. Father God our teacher knows everything including what our children are not doing. When basketball, football, soccer, baseball, cheerleading, gymnastics or any other activity becomes second only to homework and God is put on the back-burner there is a problem.

Going to church on Easter Sunday is not the precursor to egg hunts and ham dinners. Midnight service on Christmas eve is not a time killer as children wait to open presents. Faith has to begin at home. God’s correction of nations is not like the governments.

ISAIAH 55:8-9
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

The instructions our children are receiving today from modern day academia is one of intolerance towards the teachings of Scripture which leads to anti-Christ behavior. You only have to listen to the media, any of them but liberal media in particular, to hear words that go against God’s commandments for living. Far to often we are hearing how children are being introduced to Islam by school systems that refuse to allow Christian prayer.


JEREMIAH 32:33 The Voice
They have all turned their backs to Me instead of their faces. They have refused to listen and learn from My instruction, even though I tried to teach them again and again.

Parents are not paying attention, they are to busy with their own busy schedule, to know what they children are learning. Far too many of today’s parents are looking for opportunities to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor- “me time.” Scripture reveals what our priority should be:

MATTHEW 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these thing shall be added to you.

If your priority is not Jehovah Eloheem then your children are not going to make Him a priority. Many people will obtain whatever ‘things’ they are seeking there will be no joy or peace associated with the acquisition because there will always be a need to make sure the ‘things’ are kept. When the priority is getting the ‘thing’ the need is to not let it be foreclosed on, repossessed or stolen.

Isaiah 54:13 declares there is peace when we are taught of the Lord. It is important that parents take the time to study God’s word and share that knowledge with their children, this includes teaching them to study the Word.  Man teaches so that children can recite what has been told even if it is contrary to Scripture.

MARK 10:13-16
Then they brought little children to Him that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it. And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.

Children are empty vessels and they should be filled with the love and knowledge of our Creator Father God. Jesus said we should be like children- empty vessels- able to receive knowledge from Him. As parents our first responsibility is to present our children to the Lord unfortunately today’s children are to busy for Jesus.

What I see in my community are young boys and girls who are very respectful to adults. They come home and, according to their parents, do their homework. I see young children who are taken to various activities during the week and on the weekends. I do not see any of the families going to church, when I talk to the parents about visiting a church the response is: “I will when I have time.”

In the news I read about young children, under the age of 18, committing abhorrent crimes.  I listen to young adults demanding things that they should try to earn. I hear anger and hate from our children- I suspect they had parents to busy to teach them about God.  xxx Marsha L F Randolph

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