Saturday, February 17, 2007

God understands being a parent: Dt 3:23-25

“I also pleaded with the Lord at that time, saying, ‘O Lord God, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours? Let me, I pray, cross over and see the fair land that is beyond the Jordan, that good hill country and Lebanon.’” (Deuteronomy 3:23-25)

If you are a parent, how many times have you had this conversation with one of your children?

Dad: Son, its time to go to bed.
Son: But dad, can’t I stay up and watch the rest of this program?
Dad: No son, its time to go to bed.
Son: Please dad, I promise to go right to bed as soon as the program is over.
Dad: No, its time to go to bed.
Son: But dad…
Dad: That’s it! I don’t want to hear any more about it! Get up and get off to bed!

I was encouraged to read about a similar conversation that God had with His child Moses. “But the Lord said to me, ‘Enough! Speak to Me no more of this matter. Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes to the west and north and south and east, and see it with your eyes, for you shall not cross over this Jordan. But charge Joshua and encourage him and strengthen him, for he shall go across at the head of this people, and he will give them as an inheritance the land which you will see.’” (Deuteronomy 3:26-28)

Being a parent is not always easy, but it is encouraging to realize that God understands!

David Robison

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