OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL
DATE: SATURDAY JUNE 11TH 2022
THEME: LISTEN TO YOUR PARENTS
A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke. Proverbs 13:1
Ephesians 6:1 -3
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
We have been talking about our children for some days now. Today, let us talk about you as a child. No matter how old you are, you must remain submissive to your parents – whether biological or spiritual.
*Hear, o my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. Proverbs 4:10*
It you listen to your parents, you will live long because where you are now, they have been there before. You may have all the gadgets now, but you don’t have the experience that your parents do. You may feel big because you have achieved even more than your parents, but you must not forget that God brought you to this world through them for a reason. God wants us to receive godly counsel and instructions so we can be wise, as we see in Proverbs 19:20:
*Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.*
Submitting to the authority of your parents now may seem like a burden, but later on in life, you will be glad that you did. They may not be as educated as you; still listen to them. May you never have all the scars that your parents do, in Jesus’ name.
Don’t ever raise your voice at your parents. They may be old, they may be slow, they may even have maltreated you when you were younger, yet, give them the respect that being your parents calls for. An old person is closer to his grave and his or her words can have very serious consequences. If you bring tears to the eyes of your old parents, you are setting yourself up for destruction. Don’t forget the law of sowing and reaping. What you sow today, you will reap tomorrow.
Seek to get your parents’ blessings all the time. Make them happy, bring smiles to their faces, let them have rest when they think about you. If they offended you when they were younger, forgive them so that their sin will not end up on your neck, it is not the duty of the child to punish the parents; leave them to the Lord who brought you to the world through them.
No matter how big you have become, respect and honor your parents.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalms 29-31
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE
HYMN 17: O LORD MY GOD, WHEN I IN AWESOME WONDER
O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder consider all the works thy hand hath made, I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed;
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, how great thou art, how great thou art!
When through the woods and forest glades I wander and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze: Then sings my soul…
And when I think that God, his Son not sparing, sent him to die – I scarce can take it in that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, he bled and died to take away my sin: Then sings my soul…
When Christ shall come with shouts of acclamation and take me home – what joy shall fill my heart! Then shall I bow in humble adoration and there proclaim, ‘my God, how great thou art!’ Then sings my soul.