KEY VERSE: “Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance” (Proverbs 29:3).
There is a serious case in Deuteronomy 21. A frustrated father reports his son’s irresponsible lifestyle to the local court. The rebellious son is summoned, tried and sentenced to death by stoning and there are three losers at the end. The young man is a loser as are his unfortunate father and the community at large. Conversely, can you imagine the immense pride and deep satisfaction Jacob must have felt to see Joseph on the throne of Egypt? Earthly parents have different value sets but the bottom-line is that no parent fails to cherish successful achievement and a decent lifestyle in their children.
Every responsible youth should strive for these in his or her life. But there is more. Our heavenly Father derives joy in our manifesting the fruits of salvation – righteousness, obedience and holy living. He is delighted when we represent Him well in a perverse world. So, go ahead and take that righteous stand in your school. Refuse to join that culture of examination malpractice. Say â€˜No’to that sexual seduction. Turn your back on that bad gang. Go ahead and be a true child of God.
Challenge: My heavenly Father’s smile is more than all the world to me.
Prayer: Give me grace, O God to represent you everywhere, in Jesus’name.
Quote: Go ahead, represent God well today.
Bible Reading in one Year: Deuteronomy 21:18-21