Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
We often think of children being the pride and joy of their moms and dads. But how many children are proud of their parents?
What have you done with and for your children that would make them proud? Certainly there may be times in a young person’s life when they don’t think of their parents very highly. But eventually they will grow up and reflect on their time at home with their parents. What will your children remember?
You don’t have to be rich, smart or famous to provide a good family environment in which to raise your children. Being honest, hard-working and God-fearing should be enough to bring a sense of pride to your children for having grown up in your family.
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Are you helping the harvest? I am not sure who preached this, but this is from an outline written in the margin of my Bible.
We have a tendency to postpone the harvest. We say: “One day…”
The harvest is valuable; every soul has value.
The harvest is ready.
The laborers are special.
Jesus did not tell the disciples to pray for a big harvest in these verses. He said to pray for the laborers. The harvest is there. The harvest is ready. The harvest is valuable. The only thing needed are laborers to go and do the work.
Back before there was a family called the Children of Israel, God told Abram (later Abraham) that the great nation which would come from his family would be slaves for 400 years. In Genesis 15:13 there is a foretelling, or prophecy, that the Children of Israel would be strangers in a strange land. Israel would be afflicted as servants.
Certainly this was not a comforting promise from God to Abram. However, when the Children of Israel were living in bondage in Egypt, they probably took comfort in knowing that God would bring them out of their bondage. Besides the promise of escaping from slavery, God promised to punish the nation which held them. After this punishing, they would leave the land with “great substance.” (Genesis 15:14)
It is true that when the 12 tribes of Israel left Egypt they left with great wealth. In Exodus 12:35, 36 the people of Egypt were willingly giving their riches to their slaves so that they would leave and not need to return. The Bible says that they “spoiled the Egyptians.” Spoiling in the sense that they took all the gold, silver and clothing that the Egyptians would give them.
According to Exodus 12:40 and 41, Israel spent a total of 430 years in the land of Egypt.
There are several verses in the Bible which talk about this 400-430 year time period. Genesis 15:13, 14; Exodus 12:40, 41; Acts 7:6 and Galatians 3:16, 17.
Today I sat in on a Sunday School class that was for 8 to 10 year olds. The teacher was covering the last of the 10 Commandments: Thou Shalt Not Covet. The bulk of the lesson was about being content. Not having an attitude of “I want!” Rather, having one of “I’m content.”
She used an illustration that summed up my own thoughts but in a way that I was not sure how to say.
On Christmas morning, or on your birthday, have you ever gotten a gift that you weren’t thrilled about? How about those socks Grandma always gives? Probably as a kid you never thought about how your level of excitement pleased or disappointed your parents. But as adults we understand about giving gifts to people. We want them to be thankful for the gift we gave them.
“Thanks for the soccer ball, Mom. It isn’t the one I wanted, but it will do. It isn’t made out of genuine leather, but it’s okay. It isn’t an official World Cup branded ball, but it will work.” How does mom feel about that? Probably she wants to pack the ball up and take it back to the store.
What about our relationship with God? He is concerned about us. He gives us each day what we need. We certainly receive more from the Lord than we deserve. Yet, we walk out of the house and immediately complain about the weather He sent our way. We complain about the old car we have to drive. We complain that our date nights have to be done from the McDonald’s value menu instead of the steakhouse.
Do you suffer from an attitude of “Yo quiero” (I want). Or, do you have an attitude of “Estoy contento” (I am content). The “yo quiero” attitude breaks the 10th Commandment. At that point, what other commandments are you willing to break in order to get what you want?
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Through Jesus Christ we have access to God. Through the Holy Spirit we have agreement with God’s will.
Of course this comes with living a life led by the Spirit of God (v. 14). When we are led by the Spirit and we allow Him to control us, we have assurance that what we do will be in agreement with His will.