Make God First In Your Family
“The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.”
I have thought about this scripture for the past ten years, and think about my great grandfather who was a Methodist minister in our hometown of Pineville, Kentucky. He had been a minister and schoolteacher for over 50 years and was one of the most well known men in our small community. I have researched this family for many years and discovered that they came to the United States in the early 1500’s. During my research I discovered that his father was also a Methodist minister, and also his father’s father. There were eight generations straight where one of the children had become a Methodist minister and had followed in his father’s footsteps. This demonstrates so well this scripture above as does many other scriptures that tell us the same message. When parents teach their children in the way of the Lord their children and their children’s children are blessed. Psalm 78:5-6 “He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.” Parents have a big responsibility to teach our children about God and to obey his commandments. When we do our jobs, our children are going to follow in their parents footsteps, as my great grandfather did. This is the kind of example all families should establish for their children. I also discovered that during these eight generations there were no divorces in any of the children’s families during this time. This demonstrates what can happen to a family where God is at the center of the family, and the children are brought up in a home where God is worshipped and honored. There are so many children being brought up in homes where God is not present, and where they are not taught good Christian values. This is why there is so many broken homes in our society. The parents have abandoned God in their homes, and their children do not have a foundation on which to build their lives. When we build our homes on the principles that God teaches us, our homes are build on a solid foundation, and one that will pass on to our future generations. God blesses the home where he is present and will bless our children and our grandchildren. I know this has been true in my own family, as all my children are serving the Lord in their homes and my grandchildren are living their lives for God. There is not a greater gift we can give to our children, than to live our lives for God. They will see the peace and joy God is giving us and will also want this for their lives as well.
Pastor Robert William Brock My Daily Devotional Volume Two