Bible Reading: Genesis 26:1-16
Key Verse: Verse 6 - “And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:”
Key Words: And Isaac dwelt in Gerar
We are taught in Galatians 6:7 that we reap what we sow. The verse reads as follows, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” This is a simple fact of life, whether good or bad, whatever you plant in your garden is what you will harvest. The same principle applies to your relationship and attitude toward your parents. Today in this devotion, I would like for you to see with me what God says about honoring and disobeying your parents.
Four simple points:
- Honoring your parents produces a reward. Exodus 20:12, “Honor thy father and thy mother....” Now notice the reward, “that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” The key to living a long life is honoring your parents; but if you want to die young, live a life of dishonoring your parents. Absalom, the son of King David, would certainly be a great example of brevity of life because of the dishonoring of his father. (You can read the story in II Samuel 15.)
- Dishonoring your parents classifies you as a reprobate. Now before you get upset with me, let me show you (Romans 1:28-30). The word reprobate means worthless, not just to God, but to society. Now I believe every one of you would agree with me that people such as fornicators, murderers, and inventors of evil things are a menace to our society. Well, so are those who are disobedient to their parents.
- Honoring your parents reveals your righteousness. Ephesians 6:1 says, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” I am sixty-seven years old and I have never known of a person who truly and sincerely obeyed their parents who wasn’t right in other areas of their life. Isaac would certainly be a good example of this principle. He certainly obeyed his parents and as you read about his life from God’s Word, you find he was obedient with all who had authority over him, including God (Genesis 26:1-6).
- Dishonoring parents is revealing of the day in which we live. Read II Timothy 3:1-2. When our youth, as a whole, are disobedient to their parents, it reveals that we are living in the last days, that the Lord is coming soon. Which raises the question, are you ready if the Lord should come today? Can you give me a Scriptural reason why you know you are saved and bound for heaven?
What to do:
✞ Honor your parents.
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