“The one who lives with integrity is righteous; his children who come after him will be happy.” (Proverbs 20:7 HCSB)
Integrity seems to be a word that our society has taken out of our everyday vocabulary. It appears not to be taught, or practiced, in our homes, schools, universities, in our work places, and definitely not in our local, state and federal government. The frightening evidence of our lack of integrity is in the public display of it all around us, every day. The most frightening part is that it can also be said of a lot of Christians, as well. Today’s verse teaches a lesson we all should learn and heed. Here’s what it says:
- “The one…” – makes reference to a man, a father.
- “who lives with integrity…” – a father who lives according to God’s moral standards; a father who does what is right according to God’s standards, in his private, and in public, no matter what it costs him.
- “is righteous;” – a father who lives according to God’s moral standard is a godly man, and father; a Christian father.
- “his children who come after him…” – those children who follow their godly father’s good example.
- “will be happy.” – only the children who have and follow the example of their godly father will be blessed and happy.
So, today’s verse could be read, A godly man who lives according to God’s moral standard, will bring blessing and happiness upon his children who follow his good, godly example (Proverbs 20:7, paraphrased).
Can you imagine what our country would be like if we, fathers and future fathers, would make a commitment to live our lives according to God’s standards and teach those same standards to our children and grandchildren? I realize that not every child will chose to follow a father’s example or teachings, but God says that they will never forget it, and maybe they will return to it at a later time. Look at what He says:
“Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds, bind them as a sign on your hands, and let them be a symbol on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up (Deuteronomy 11:18-19).”
If we are Christian fathers, it is our responsibility to make sure that our children know who God is, know how to know Him personally, and learn to put all their faith and trust in Him alone. God put that responsibility on us, not our nannies, babysitters, moms, grandparents, Sunday School teachers, school teachers, or university professors. God says:
“Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).”
So how can we do this with our busy schedules?
- We must make the spiritual well-being of our children is top priority.
- We must make their salvation top priority, for what will it profit them if they gain the whole world, but when they die, they end up in hell. (Mark 8:36).
- They must see in us, what we’re trying to teach them. They can’t see it if we’re not spending enough with them for them to see it.
- We must make the sacrifices necessary to get this done.
- OUR CHILDREN ARE WORTH IT!!! ALL CHILDREN ARE WORTH IT!!!
- how are we going to obey today’s lesson?
- With whom will we share what we learned in today’s lesson?
- With who will we share the story of our salvation, and the story of Jesus has done for us?
In Christ’s love,