March 13th


“… lay up these my words in your heart and … ye shall teach them your children…”
( Deut. 11:18,19)
                        Naaman went to Elisha and at his word was healed of his disease by dipping himself seven times in the river Jordan. Not only was he healed physically but he was healed spiritually also. From that day on he refused to bow down to anyone except the living God of Israel. Naaman would have told his king and other great men of his country how through the little slave girl he had ultimately come to know the living God. It is quite possible that many other people would have gone to prophet Elisha with their different needs. Thus Naaman became a witness of the living God.
                        All this happened because of the faithfulness of the little girl’s parents who had taught her about the living God and His prophet. Thus we see that parents have a tremendous responsibility towards their children. Every child is a gift of God. It is the parents’ great responsibility to teach them the Word of God faithfully. Many parents are very, very careless regarding the spiritual life of their children. As a result, rather than receiving joy and blessing from them, they receive sadness and discouragement, and have to shed many tears of sorrow. If the children go astray, to a great extent it is the fault of the parents. They have been negligent and careless in their spiritual responsibility. They might have provided the physical needs of the children in abundance and given them many clothes, plenty of toys and many boxes of sweets. But they have had no time to teach them the Word of God or to pray with them. They have been far too busy with other matters and are now paying a high price for their negligence.
Please see what kind of testimony god could give about Abraham in Genesis 18:19. “I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he you, who are believing parents, “I know so and so, that he will command his children and his household after him that they shall keep the way of the Lord?” God does not want to know what high education or how many university degrees you have. He wants to know how much time you spend with the Word of God along with your wife and children. When God found Abraham faithful in his duty towards his children, He said He would bring to pass that which he had spoken of him. When parents do their part, God will also do His part. He will fulfill all His promises.