"Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice." (Philippians 4:4) From a prison in Rome the Apostle Paul reminds us to rejoice in the Lord, and to do so always. God rises above our circumstances and forever gives us hope, because He is greater than our needs, and more loving that anyone. Praise His Name! We can choose to rejoice in the Lord at all times.
Please pray for those who are lost and who need Jesus, pray for those who are in need of spiritual revival, and please pray for those who stubbornly choose to remain in their sin. Also, pray for those who need physical and/or emotional healing.
Deuteronomy 29:29, "The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law."
God hasn't revealed every piece of truth to us in the Bible (John 20:30-31), but He has revealed everything we need to know in the Bible. If everything was to be written about Christ alone; John the Apostle states the world isn't large enough to contain the volumes that would be written (John 21:25).
In today's text two things are emphasized:
First, there are things that remain secret, and those things belong to God.
Second, what has been revealed to us by the Lord through the writings of Holy Scripture, belong to us and to our children. Not only are we going to be held accountable for the Word we obey or disobey, but we are to make sure we give it to our children.
You and I are to make sure our children know the Holy Scriptures belong to them and they have a responsibility to obey it. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 speak about this: "And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."
What are we doing today and how are we doing with those things that belong to us and to our children?
Do you see a heart of acceptance in your children reflecting a love for the Lord and obedience to Him? Or are you a poor example of living the Christian life? We must not only obey the Word ourselves but we must endeavor and pray in our ministry to the hearts of our children. May God help us to rear children for His glory!
Be a good steward of the things the Lord has given to you.