But he said to me, “Behold, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and now you shall not drink wine or strong drink nor eat any unclean thing, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.” – Judges 13:7
Are your kids special? Of course, they are.
Samson wasn’t like other children. We know this. He was a judge and deliverer of Israel as well as a person of supernatural strength. His birth was a unique and special event, unexpected and a gift from God to his parents. The Lord had many things for Samson to accomplish and, therefore, his life was consecrated to his Creator.
Yet, isn’t that always the case? Shouldn’t each child be treated as if his or her life could make an enormous difference for God? Isn’t it possible that God has also consecrated your children for His service? Have you taken time to acknowledge this truth? If not, why not?
God gives many the privilege to be parents. While we cannot abdicate the stewardship of those entrusted to our care, maybe we should return the responsibility for their future to the Creator. While our children might not be “Samsons,” God might have something even greater in store. Children (aren’t we all), be thankful for godly parents. Parents, be thankful for (and take seriously) the opportunity you have been given.
Sometimes we’re so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we had. – James Dobson
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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