This Is Going To Hurt Us Both (Part One)
This Is Going To Hurt Us Both
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Romans 8:15 KJV
God is our father. In the most general sense He is the father of all but that is not the sense the Holy Spirit is using Paul to convey here. This entire chapter, indeed as much of the book of Romans is, is directed at those who are born again. To those who are born again He is the father not only because of creation but because of regeneration. Because he is our father in this second sense we do not have to cry out in fear but we cry out in love, Father.
We should know what to expect from God our Father. He told us in multiple places what he expected of us lesser fathers. We have been told to train up our child in the way he should go. We have been told to punish our children when they do wrong. Do you remember the craze from a few years ago when everyone was wearing the WWJD bracelets? The idea behind the bracelet was every time you made a decision you would look at the bracelet and ask yourself “What would Jesus do?” God has told us how to train up our children. God is no hypocrite. He told us to both train our child to do right and punish him when he does wrong. As his children we should expect him to do the same thing to us. So when it comes to our children we need to ask, “What would God do?”
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6 KJV
While Tracy and I were waited for a long time for our first child we have some friends who were abundantly blessed. They had multiple toddlers running around their house at the same time and one in infant. I know how hard it is to keep up with just Elijah. I cannot imagine how they did it with more than one at one time. I am surprised either one of them have any hair left.
We did not become close to these friends until after their children were a little older but one night at their house they told us a story.
While mom was busy chasing down one of the children when the oldest got hungry. She wandered into the kitchen and got herself a snack. She was three to four years old at the time. Sometime after she started her snack but before she finished it mom came into the kitchen to look for her. The child was busy eating some macaroni and cheese. Normally this would have been fine. Unfortunately, though, the macaroni and cheese was in the trash can!
As you might expect mom was a little disgusted and felt bad but children have a mind of their own and they are going to do things parents do not want them to do. We had a similar thing happen to us not long after Elijah started moving around on his own. He came up to us one day with a huge smile on his face and something else. We could not figure out what the something else was. We did know he had been eating something and whatever he had been eating was not food. After looking around we found out he had gotten into the rabbit food.
Fortunately for us rabbit food is really just hay beaten and bound into pellets. There was no harm done but all that fiber made some interesting diapers!
It is impossible to keep them from doing things like eating trash. The best we can hope to do is curb these habits and keep them from actually hurting themselves. We have to train them. Part of that training is putting things out of reach that will hurt them. Thank you Lord for baby gates, cabinet locks and the like!
So if we do not want our children eating mac and cheese out of the trash or rabbit food what do we want them to eat? We want them to eat food that will help them grow up to be healthy.
God wants you to keep your children safe too. He wants us to put up some emotional and spiritual baby gates. In fact, He has put some gates up for us as his children.