In my last blog post, 3 Key Actions That Will Benefit Our Children A Lifetime, we looked at the story of Hannah who devoted her child, Samuel, to the service of the Lord. Hannah honored the Lord more than her precious child.
Ironically, another parent with not so noble parenting skills follows this story. Eli, the priest of God, was a parent of two “corrupt” sons who “did not know the Lord.” (1 Samuel 2:12) Therefore the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD… (1 Samuel 2:17)
Therefore, God was angry with the sons of Eli and their actions. However, God was also angry with Eli.
Read 1 Samuel 2:22-36.
In 1 Samuel 2:22-25, Eli tried talking to his two sons about their evil lifestyle. They did not listen to their father. That doesn’t seem like such bad parenting skills. Most of the time when my children have done wrong, I talk to them as Eli did. So what’s so wrong with that? Talking to his son’s was not the problem.
Honoring God and teaching his sons about honoring God had evidently been a missing factor in Eli’s parenting.
Notice the words in 1 Samuel 2:12, “they did not know the LORD.” Eli did not introduce them to the God he served. Then he gave them a good tongue-lashing and dropped the issue altogether. He gave up.
God addressed Eli saying, “you…honor your sons more than Me.” (1 Samuel 2:29)
Remember Hannah. Hannah loved her son, but she committed to a life honoring God and her relationship with God above her relationship with her son. That is parenting on the Rock!
As Christian moms, we are given the responsibility to introduce our children to Jesus. If we miss that opportunity when they are little children because we did not know Him ourselves, we can’t give up. We must teach with our lives, with our words, and not accept their disobedience as reason to give up on our God ordained responsibility of honoring God.
Dear Sisters in Christ, do not give up on your children! Keep honoring God and stand in the truth:
But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)
Hannah saw the fruit of honoring God above her son displayed in her and her son’s life.
- She was blessed with more children.
- Samuel became a great man of God.
Eli’s family came to an abrupt end. (1 Samuel 4:12-22)
Here is a prayer for those of you with young children at home.
I thank you for my children. I thank you that your perfect love for my children far exceeds my own love for them. Please empower me to live a life honoring God and loving and training them to do the same. Help me guide them in the way they should go so that when they are old they will not depart from it. In Jesus name, Amen.
Here is a prayer for those of you who have adult children living on their own.
Thank you for loving, helping, and protecting my adult children. Please help me to speak in truth and love. Anoint my words with the power of Your Holy Spirit that they may hear and receive Your word and will in their life. Make my life and my teaching be a steady guide that always leads them to You that they may live lives honoring God. In Jesus name, Amen.