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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR FRIDAY 13TH NOVEMBER, 2020: SPARE THE ROD, SPOIL THE CHILD


THEME: SPARE THE ROD, SPOIL THE CHILD


MEMORISE:

Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

Proverbs 22:15


READ: Proverbs 23:12-14 

12. Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

13. Withhold not correction from the child; for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.

14. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.


MESSAGE:


In the school I attended in my village, there were children from both affluent and poor homes. One day, a child from an affluent home committed a misdemeanour, and a teacher meted out corporal punishment to him. This was an approved medium of discipline in the school but the boy reported to his father who came to school the next day and beat up our teacher. Our teacher reported the assault to the local police, however the rich man had been there earlier to bribe them, so the police did not act on the report. Our teacher, frustrated and deeply aggrieved, returned and divided the class into two. He put the children of the rich on one side and the rest of us on the other side. He vowed never to flog the children from rich homes again, but would continue to do so to those of us from poor homes. Today, only a few among the children that were not flogged have amounted to something in life. If you love your children, you would not spare the rod when they err. 

Eli’s children grew to become wayward and God held him accountable for not being firm enough with them (1 Samuel 2:29-34). Conversely, God did not hesitate to bless Abraham because He was confident that the patriarch would command his children and household to keep His laws (Genesis 18:17-19). The second law of thermodynamics says everything left to itself tends to disorder. In the same vein, any child not strictly cautioned to behave properly will ultimately become spoilt.

I know using the rod on children is now considered child abuse in this generation, however you must know that there is a difference between correcting a child in love and abusing a child.

*“He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.”*

Proverbs 13:24

The rod is not just the cane, it connotes firm correction when children err. You cannot be permissive with a child all the time and expect him/her to grow up with good morals.

God expects you to compel your children and entire household to serve Him (Genesis 18:19). Don’t spare the rod.


REFLECTION:

God expects you to command your children and household to uphold his statutes, as Abraham did.


HYMN 6: GOD GIVE US CHRISTIAN HOMES.

1. God give us Christian homes

Homes where the Bible is loved and taught

Homes where the Master’s will is sought

Homes crowned with beauty Thy love hath wrought

God give us Christian homes

God give us Christian homes.


2. God give us Christian homes

Homes where the father is true and strong

Homes that are free from the blight of wrong

Homes that are joyous with love and song

God give us Christian homes

God give us Christian homes.


3. God give us Christian homes

Homes where the mother in queenly quest

Strives to show others Thy way is best

Homes where the Lord is an honoured guest.

God give us Christian homes

God give us Christian homes.


4. God give us Christian homes

Homes where the children are led to know

Christ in His beauty who loves them so

Homes where the altar fire burn and glow

God give us Christian homes

God give us Christian homes.


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 

Matthew 28; Mark 16

AUTHOR: PASTOR E.A.ADEBOYE

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