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A Tale of Two Fathers

06/25/2014

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it
Proverbs 22:6
 
This is a command of whatever you teach your children, this is what they will be when they grow up.
Your children see and hear everything that you do, even if you don’t think they are. They pay attention to your reactions, your words, and how you live.

In Genesis there are two different stories of two fathers and how each one lived differently than the other. How they led the destiny of their family was dependent on the choices they made.
Let’s take a look at the first father. In Genesis 13 it talks about how Lot moved his tent in the valley toward the evil city, Sodom. Notice he didn’t move into the city, but toward it, as life went on it states in chapter 14 he dwelt in the city. It is not always a quick move, but a progressive movement when allowing things of this world to break your wall of values you once held. In chapter 19 it states two angels went to Sodom to warn Lot to move him and any of his family out of the city before God destroyed it. In verse 14 Lot went to his family and warned them to escape before it was too late, but they laughed at him and took him like he was joking. Lot lost his testimony to his family by the example of how he lived and how he raised them. He wasn’t a righteous man that walked close to God for his family to fear what was really about to happen. So when the time came Lot was able to just escape with his wife and his two unmarried daughters. As you know Lot’s wife couldn’t look away from the past sinful life, she had to turn and look at the city she didn’t want to give up. A pillar of salt is what she was left as. Because of the life Lot lived backslidden and allowing the worldly ways to sway him he lost everything. Jesus even told the Jews “remember Lots wife” it was Lot, the father who led them to this position.

Now let’s turn to the second Father, Noah. Noah was a righteous man, and in Genesis 6:8 it says that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. In chapter 7 right before the water over flowed the earth the Lord said ““Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.” Because Noah was a faithful man, obedient a good and righteous father, his whole household was saved from destruction. His wife and sons saw how Noah lived and obeyed everything the Lord had told him, even when their neighbors would stop and mock him for building an ark. Noah kept going, and stayed focused on God and what He wanted him to do. He stood strong on what he believed and nothing made him twitch or doubt his beliefs.

Fathers today do make mistakes, but there is a choice to make on what kind of inheritance we want for our children, you can be in the church being a righteous, obedient man or out in the world leading your family  out of church. Planting the seeds in your children are important.

Ask yourself these questions: What things do I allow in my house or allow my children to see or do?Do my kids see me worship God? Do they hear me pray? Do I make God a priority in our lives? Do they see me read the Bible? Do the words that come out of my mouth, words of God?
Remember your children will remember the seeds you plant in their life, and you will see it reflect in their lives.

Taken from our June newsletter, read it here...