Encouragement for Raising Godly Children (from the book of Ezra)

 

I was reading in Ezra this morning and Chapter 4 really stood out to me.  In particular, I really related to verses 1-5:

 

“Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity were building a temple unto Jehovah, the God of Israel; then they drew near to Zerubbabel, and to the heads of fathers’ houses, and said unto them, Let us build with you; for we seek your God, as ye do; and we sacrifice unto him since the days of Esar-haddon king of Assyria, who brought us up hither. But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the heads of fathers’ houses of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us in building a house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto Jehovah, the God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us. Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building, and hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia. “

(Ezra 4:1-5)

 

When I was reading this, I thought about how much it related to building our homes for the Lord and raising godly children.  As Christian parents, we are raising our children in such a way that those of ‘the world’ don’t understand.  When I read the first verse, I thought how much we see this today.  One place that I see this is from those who disagree with homeschooling.  They encourage us to enroll our children in public school and tell us things like, “Oh, we want the best for your children too.  Let us help you educate them.  They will be much better off being taught by teachers who have been trained on exactly how to accomplish this”.  Hmmm, I think we should be quite leery when those in the world off to ‘help’ us.  The kind of help that they are offering is normally not the kind of help we need, especially when it will not be honoring to the Lord.  That is why it is so important to be in the Word so that we know Truth and have discernment.

 

I also thought about how there are so many outside influences that are fighting us as we raise our children for the Lord.  I couldn’t help but smile when I read that the adversaries had “hired counselors against them, to frustrate their purpose…”  There are so many “experts” out there telling us how we need to raise our children, yet their wisdom doesn’t line up with the wisdom that we find in the Bible. One thing that we must realize is that part of the role of these counselors was to ‘frustrate their purpose’.  Sometimes, we need to step back and see if there are folks in our lives (whether we know them IRL or only have contact with them through media sources) that are frustrating our purpose of raising godly children.  If it doesn’t line up with the Bible, then it needs to be tossed to the wind.

 

Just like Zerubbabel and Jeshua stood firm in their cause, we need to stand firm in ours.  We need to daily search the scriptures and raise our children to honor the Lord, no matter what kind of pressure we are under from those in the world.  In the end, the Lord will triumph if we stay our course and raise mighty warriors for Him.

 

Lord Bless,

Dana

 

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11 thoughts on “Encouragement for Raising Godly Children (from the book of Ezra)

  1. Lovely posting. My son goes to an awesome small christian school, and I love the way that he is soaked in the word of God, they are taught awesome morals, forgiveness and other stuff too. It is fantastic and has had such an impact on his life. He got his first ‘big boy’s bible, regular print NIV last week and he is reading it with so much excitement, blows me away.

    How are you doing? I remember your being grounded post?

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  2. I am still grounded *smile*. I go back to my specialist tomorrow for yet another ultrasound so we will see if this little one is growing better. I have been getting lots of rest so I hope it is working :0)

    I love that your son is so eager to be in the Word! That is awesome! It sounds like he is on the right path! My 3 year old has a children’s bible (not a big boy bible yet) and he keeps wanting to take it to church (and it is WAY to big – LOL). Now the 2 year old is catching on and he will get ANY book and call it his Bible (yeah, we still have some work to do with him – LOL).

    Blessings to you and thanks for checking on me 😀
    Dana

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  3. Dana,
    I read your blog every now and then, and just wanted to comment on how much I appreciate your post today.

    On Wednesday nights I am teaching a class and we are going through “Becoming a Titus 2 Woman” by Martha Peace. This Wednesday the part we are covering is about being a keeper at home. We will discuss working outside the home v. stay-at-home moms. This would be a great passage to add to that lesson, if you don’t mind me “borrowing” it from you.

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  4. Nice post—I definitely agree. May the Lord bless you as you raise up mighty warriors for the Him and build up your home.

    Many blessings….

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  6. I read your blog every now and then, and just wanted to comment on how much I appreciate your post today.

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  7. I must say the blog post is just useful for everyone else reading it because the information and knowledge it contains is very important.

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  8. No baby yet, but keep on praying. On the plus side, I am FINALLY getting my house clean!!!! After 2 months on bedrest, things can really pile up, and I am literally talking a pile here and a pile there!

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