Navigating Life

Ezekiel 20:18
“But I said to their children in the wilderness, ‘Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers, nor observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols.'”

Unknown-2.jpegThe Bible warns of the sins of the fathers being visited upon the children to the third and fourth generations. This does not mean that if my dad commits a crime I am liable, but that the behaviors of the parents are often repeated in the lives of their children. If you grew up in an environment where discipline was meted out with outbursts of anger then you are likely to discipline your children in like fashion. Statistically speaking children of alcoholic parents are more likely to abuse substances, not only for genetic reasons but because they have learned to use drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism. In the same way children of divorced parents are more likely to use divorce as a means to correct their marriage problems than those who have grown up with parents who chose to love each other, remain married and work through the difficult times.

Growing up without a godly example will certainly make navigating through life more difficult than it needs to be. As a result Ezekiel warns the people not to follow the example of their fathers. Because of the bond children have with their parents this is a vey difficult command to obey, and in some cases the older we get the harder it becomes. We can even feel as though going against the ways of our parents is somehow a violation against them. Nevertheless, if we are going to break the legacy of bad decisions and actions that have been passed down from one generation to the next we have to be the one who decides that we are going to obey God even above the pattern set by our parents. For your sake and the sake of the generations that will follow you it is time to determine that above all else you will live to please the Lord and this will be reflected in your home.

Pastor Jim

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