As the first quarter of the year end, we gave thanks to God. But more blessed than thanks is to do his will. I don't know where I get the idea that spring is for young people or children. Perhaps we can take them to the amusement park or the park itself. Let's turn to the bible to help us. I was looking in my devotional to Matthew 18 for March 31, then I looked again and then it was not. Peculiar things here. So let's turn to Matthew 18:8-9 and read, ["... 1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" 2And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, 6but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea...] I think we've gone over this before, but there are two things here. One is that God wants to become like little children. Becoming little is an essential part of being happy. We can't be responsible for everything that happens in the world or the world around you. Children do not worry like adults. Their life is very simple or at least it's supposed to be. Being like a child is about trusting that things will work out, even in the worst scenarios. Trust is the essence of faith and real hope and serenity. It is only with the faith of a child that we can hope for the impossible. Children are more into dreaming of what they are going to do and not how they are going to accomplish it. So we have to become that way. If we want something ask and let the God of the Universe take care of the logistics. God respect a childlike attitude of a trusting heart. But then we go into the other spectrum in destroying of the faith of one who has a basic faith in God. It is not good in God's sight. Those who put their trust in God are very special to God and it is severe if something happens to them. That's why we don't want to take away from God's word or add to it. We would never want to deal falsely with anyone who trusts God. It is not good in God sight. Those who lead children and adults astray will recieve the severest penalty for prophesying falsely in God name. No. We never want to see any of God lambs go astray. And that's, let me say why we write and write, to always prayfully lead God's lambs in the way they should go and how them should live. No. I'm not a perfect example but we pray day and night that we speak the truth and outline his precepts faithfully without greed or guile or anything short of faithful. But God gives us the confidence to prod on and preach the gospel. And we thank God day and night for that. May you be blessed. Amen. thbg
Once in a while we take up again and again the issue at what's in the interest of children or for them. And we certainly do not want to take it lightly. And we are glad that there are laws that protect them. But the reall message is that it is revealed that Jesus loves them. Perhaps there's a rebellious child you know and he or she is listless and does not behave. The Lord is very concern with such and wants them to have the best world for them and the best environment to grow and prosper. But I just wonder if we adults have done our part to do that?
Give our children the best hope and the best life worthy of them. I certain confess that I have to repent on this matter of my grandchildren and think of them more often and pray for them the same. May you have a good day. Amen.
Ahhh, the blessing of grandchildren!
How my heart fluttered when at age 3, one of mine said quietly: "You have to do what God wants you to do, grandpa. That's very important."
Let us all lead our lives a bright Christian examples to the children.
Alive in the Word
Thank you 'aliveintheword' for your testimony. We hold very dearly what your 3 year old grandkid told you. They understand somethings better than we do and always have a question to ask us. May you be blessed. Amen.
About this time of the year, I get melancholic and think and take the thought again: Are we ministering to the needs of youth and children. Sometimes we, I loose them in the daily shuffle and activities. With all the violence and immorality and rampant sin, but is this world and life only for adults? I wouldn't think so and I make a concious effort not to forget that. Please pray we me that we again that we again take the task to think and pray for what is best for youth and all youngsters. May you be blessed. Amen.