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March 27 – Real Parental Joy

“The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him. Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.”  Proverbs 23:24,25

Devotional Thought For The Day

Transition is almost complete to a new computer system. The big maple tree is almost down completely. I still have an electrical issue to be resolved, and taxes, but the list is slowly being whittled down – and this is the busiest time of the church year, especially next week which is Holy Week.  I’ve been out of sync with routine for about 4 months now; some say that change is good, but I think I like routine better.  At least it feels like it is more efficient.

What does not change is the Word of the Lord – He declares: “I am the Lord, I do not change” [Mal. 3:6], and again, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” [Luke 21:33]  So also the greatest joy of Christian parents is that their children believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, trusting in His gracious mercy and forgiveness, for salvation from sin and eternal life. This is the only way that anyone becomes “righteous,” from Abraham to the newest Christian living today [Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4:11-24]. This does not change either, thanks and praise be to God, for “the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath.” [Rom. 4:13-15] But this promise of God stands sure and certain, and will never change.  So also for those who are “adherents of the law” – what is coming for them is wrath.  So our greatest joy is that our children trust solely in Christ Jesus by faith, that they be among the righteous, and will not be harmed by the wrath to come.

It is never too late for children to bring such joy to their Christian parents – and I hope that your parents [in spite of the abundance of correction they provided for you] have been able to express their joy that you are a Christian, a believer in Christ Jesus.  Parents, even Christian parents, sometimes get distracted over their many obligations, and fail to rejoice in and commend their children for living a life of faith. Why not provide such joy to our parents, and why not fully rejoice as parents in such “wise” children?  Indeed, the joy and rejoicing should be “great,” in view of the astonishing blessedness granted to those who believe and trust not in any works they are doing, but solely in the gracious mercy and forgiveness of God in Christ Jesus!

May God cause such joy for our parents, and may we also have joy in the most important things for our children – their faith in Christ Jesus, and the blessedness this brings both in this life and in the life to come.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, eternal thanks and praise be to You for the forgiveness, life, and salvation that You have provided for us in Your suffering, death, and resurrection!  Thank You also for the blessed assurance that You do not change, and that Your Word will never pass away.  Thank You for blessed children who hold to You by faith. May our real joy always be centered in those things which are eternal, that pertain to Your kingdom.  Amen.