Choose: It is Time!

| By Joanne Anderson | 

Devotional Scripture: “…choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”   Joshua 24:15 (KJV)

Joshua’s role after the death of Moses was to lead the people of Israel into the Promise Land. In this particular scripture it is evident that Joshua was not just a leader amongst the children of Israel, he was a leader within his own family. His family’s spiritual foundation was his number one priority. He reminded the people of Israel that they had a choice to serve God or evil, and boldly declared his family’s faith and commitment to serve God. Joshua recognized that in order to claim the promises of God, he and his family must live by their faith in God regardless of how others were feeling.

This is a scripture I have held in my heart since my children were babies. However, lately as I observe my children transitioning to young adulthood, and navigating this new journey in an ungodly world, I find myself meditating on this scripture and praying to God that they will continue to stay true to themselves and their spiritual foundation. As a parent and an educator, I am keenly aware that this world imposes many distractions on our children, and the transition from total dependence to independence is not easy. Although we raise our children according to the Word of God and provide a strong spiritual foundation, it is not our relationship that will determine where our children spend eternity. It is their choice to build and maintain a personal relationship with God. It is this relationship that will sustain them and prompt them to stay true to spiritual beliefs during this transition.

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During my devotional time, I reflected on two questions: a) What do parents in a Godly household look like? b) What do we do if family members choose to stray from their spiritual foundation?

What do parents in a Godly household look like?

  • They demonstrate their faith in their daily lives
  • They make decisions that are aligned with the Word of God, no matter how unpopular they may be.
  • They look to God for their strength, wisdom and guidance.
  • They recognize that they are their child’s primary educator; they cannot rely solely on Sunday School teachers or the education system.
  • They serve their family with a loving, humble, and forgiving spirit.
  • They rise above criticism of other family members or friends, standing strong.

What if our children (or other family members) choose not to abide by the Godly principles upheld in the home?

  • The Word of God tells us that our God is Sovereign. As children of God we must believe that God has the power to change people’s hearts and situations.
  • The Word of God tells us that we must pray unceasingly and believe in the power of prayer.
  • The Word of God tells us to be faithful.
  • The Word of God tells us that we are to manifest His Word through our actions and show His love, kindness, compassion, and forgiveness no matter the circumstances.

Our children and family members are God’s gift to us, and we are accountable for the manner in which we raise and interact with them. Yes, we can declare the Word of God over their lives, however, they will ultimately make their decisions. If a child or family member strays from their spiritual foundation, we can take comfort in knowing that our God is loving, merciful, gracious, and forgiving, and He always has His loving arms wide open to receive us.

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Closing Scripture: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)

Closing Prayer: Our Gracious Heavenly Father, we thank You for our children and family members. We pray that as they navigate through life’s journey they will stay true to themselves and their spiritual foundation. Lord, give us the strength to live our faith in our daily lives so that our children and family members would be inspired to follow our example. Lord, if they choose to stray, we pray for a continuous hedge of protection around them in this ungodly world. May the seed of Your Word guide them back to serve You and fulfill Your destiny for their lives. We claim victory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Mrs. Joanne Anderson is a child of God who walks by faith. One of her favorite bible verses that she believes and lives by is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Joanne has been teaching twenty-five years at the Senior High level and believes this is a calling from God. One of her missions is to teach health and family studies concepts in such a manner that spiritual seeds are planted so that young people can make healthful lifestyle choices that will have a positive impact on their lives and their family.

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