by Rev Jason Phua
Bible Readings: 2 Kings 3:1-4:17; Proverbs 18:11-12
READ (Verses chosen for meditation)
2 Kings 3:7 “And he went and sent word to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to battle against Moab?” And he said, “I will go. I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”
2 Kings 3:7 parallels 1 Kings 22:4: “And he said to Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to battle at Ramoth-gilead?” And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”
The “he” refers to Ahab, who was the father of Jehoram in 2 Kings 3. Again, like the father, Jehoram did not inquire any prophet of the Lord until Jehoshaphat mentioned it in the middle of the war campaign (ref: 2 Kings 3:11). Apparently, the father did not teach the children to cherish truth from God’s prophets. How could he, since he himself was a Baal worshipper and very much influenced by his evil queen Jezebel. Such was the tragic legacy passed on from father to son: a sinful and rebellious legacy against the Lord.
What are we passing on to our children? What legacy are we leaving behind that demonstrate how obedient are we to the Word of the Lord?
What are we passing on to the younger people whom we are mentoring? What are we passing on to the younger people whom we see each Sunday at church? How are we being good examples to them? Do we take the time guide them in the way of the Lord? Or do we leave them entirely to the so called “experts” in the church; or even worse the “digital nannies” of this age? Are we really in this together as a church to nurture the younger?
As a parent of two young children (8 and 11 years of age), I am constantly reminded through God’s Word that what I say to them is not as important as how I behave in application of God’s truth. I am also reminded of a research study in New Jersey, which showed that children who did not get enough parental attention would have 40% probability of showing signs of psychological distress in the later stage of their life; as compared to 6% probability for children who do get enough parental attention.
May the Lord grant us grace to walk the talk and guide our children and the younger generation in the way of the Lord. This is so that the younger generation can do even better, through the grace of God, to be faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Help us Lord, to be faithful to You, so as to be faithful in the discipleship of our children / younger generation that You have entrusted into our care. Amen.