1 Kings 15:26 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin.
It is so wonderful to see a newborn baby. To watch them grow and develop over the years. At about the age of three or four we start to see them do all kinds of things. Run, play, walk, and talk and talk and talk and talk. You can ask them just about anything and they will tell you the truth, as they know it. Sometimes we get more information than we bargained for or ever wanted to hear. However, if you watch children for a while you will begin to see in them the characteristics of their parents. Often these precious little one will suddenly do or say something, and you will hear someone say, “Where did they pick that up from?” Humm, that is a good question. The truth is they have likely heard or seen it somewhere. Children are so impressionable.
In our verse today, it says the king “walked in the way of his father.” Everything dad had done, the son saw as working well for dad, so he was just going to be like daddy. However, daddy had lived in sin. Now the son will be living in sin also. In addition, not only did he sin, but also, he was a leader of many and caused them all to sin. Who started that? Somebody’s daddy did.
It is so important for us to know that what we are doing before the children of this world might have a larger impact than we could ever imagine on the world to come. Live as if your life makes a difference. It does to someone.
As you look at your children or those around your neighborhood or church, think for a second, there could go a future pastor, teacher, governor, or president. Even more important than that is, there could go a future mom or dad. Help them with their impressionable years so they can make a difference for God someday.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
1 Kings 14, 15 / Psalm 144 / Proverbs 24 / Revelations 14, 15
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
1 Chron. 23-25 / Acts 1
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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director