But it is not without its rewards.
As I began reading Judges this morning, I read, “And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel.”
These words stuck out as if in bold print.
If you remember from Deuteronomy, Moses had given the people some specific instructions concerning the Lord and His ways.
He said, ” And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your hearts and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. (6:4-8)
Somehow along the way, the Israelites who knew God, who had been given instruction and seen the hand of God do amazing thing had failed in a major area.
For in Judges we are told the new generation neither knew God or of His works.
And the Lord spoke to my heart and said.
Your greatest purpose, your highest responsibility is to teach your children diligently the Word of God.
I look around the world today and think what it was like years ago.
Years ago God was important and families were different.
Today, much like in the times of the Judges, people do what is right in their own eyes.
What happened many wonder? Why the moral decline?
I believe a lot goes back to the fact that we as parents have failed in this area.
Failed to teach our children diligently the Word of God.
And not just teach it, but live it.
See it is one thing to know the Bible stories of old.
It is another thing entirely to live them.
Yes, being a mom is a hard and often thankless job.
But I believe it is a very high calling given to us by the Lord.
For future generations depend upon what we do or don’t do now.
Let us then, teach them diligently the Words of Life.
That they too may pass them onto those to come.