Day 4 of 30 Days of Devotion
My son, a landscape contractor, is sometimes called upon to repair a retaining wall built by a previous contractor. An inspection usually reveals an inadequate foundation. The wall may have looked magnificent initially, but in time it started to lean and to come apart.
There is a truth here for all of us. Anything we hope to accomplish must be built on a solid foundation. Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-27 that the wise man dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock. The Greek word used here for rock is Petra. It is the same word Paul used in I Corinthians 10:4 to refer to Jesus Christ. Our efforts to train up our children must be founded on Jesus Christ, our solid rock.
As parents we need to teach our children God's unadulterated Word, helping them to hide it in their hearts and to apply it to daily life. We need to hold them up in prayer each day, asking God to reveal Himself to them so their relationship with Him becomes personal.
Thankfully, our Heavenly Father does not leave us to do this on our own. When my son's company is asked to repair that wall, he works alongside his employees, getting his hands dirty helping them and teaching them how to properly build. In much the same way, our Heavenly Father has promised to equip and help us as we seek to lay that solid foundation of Jesus Christ. Lives that are built on Him will be able to stand the test of time and be a glorious testimony of God's power and grace.
Dads and moms, be intentional in laying that solid foundation; be confident in God's ability to work through you; and be encouraged in knowing your efforts will be rewarded.
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