In Psalm 128:1-6; we read,
“Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. (2) For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. (3) Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. (4) Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. (5) The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. (6) Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.”
The question is often asked, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" A corollary is, "Why do godly parents sometimes have ungodly children?" When parents do their best to fear the Lord and raise their children with admonition and nurture in Him, and children still go astray, it can be a heartbreaking experience.
The Bible doesn't promise that godly parents will never have ungodly children any more than it promises that a godly Christian will never sin. The Old Testament covenant promised the Israelites in Deuteronomy 28:1-14 that the starting place for success in life begins with fearing the Lord.
In Proverbs 1:7; we read, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” In Proverbs 9:10; we read, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
We should never think that not fearing the Lord is the path to blessing. If we want to create a godly family, we should begin by fearing the Lord (Psalm 128:1) lest we labor in vain (Psalm 127:1). That is the only direction the Bible offers, even when things don't go as prayed for.
Never waver from your life-long commitment to honor the Lord, come what may. Your family's firm foundation is the fear of the Lord. So remember this, “The family altar would alter many a family.”
When you think of JONAH in Jonah chapter 1 it was “Down, Down, Down.” Jonah not only paid the fare of the ship in which he tried to run away from God, but he also paid the full price of his disobedience.
Notice that in his whole career he was going "down." He went "down to Joppa." From the sweet, free highlands where he walked and talked with God, to the miasma of the lowlands, he went down. He went "down into the… ship," then down into the sea, then down into the whale, then in the whale, down to the very bottom of the great deep!
Disobedience to God means always that we go down. "Down" is the key word to every life that flees from God and duty.
God's message in times of distress is: Don't count the difficulties; count the resources!
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