Friday, 17 June 2016

DCLM Daily Manna, Friday June 17 2016 by Pastor Kumuyi - ...And Kish Begat Saul


Topic: ...And Kish Begat Saul [Friday June 17, 2016]

Text: 1 Chronicles 9:35-44

Key Verse: "And Ner begat Kish; and Kish begat Saul; and Saul begat Jonathan, and Malchi-shua, and Abinadab, and Esh-baal" (1 Chronicles 9:39).

If you knew your son would one day turn out to become a great leader in the land, how would you have raised him? This question should send every parent and potential parent thinking. No one can rightly predict the future of a child; however, parenting provides a very unique and unequaled opportunity to prepare today's kids for tomorrow's responsibilities.

Certainly, Kish, Saul's father did not have the slightest premonition that that son, who did not in any way look different from other kids, would one day make history not just as king, but indeed as the very first king of Israel. As it later turned out to be, the questions are: would Kish have had any regret for the way he had brought up Saul? Would he have wished he had done better in training and preparing Saul for the eventual role he was to play in the history of Israel? Is it possible that Saul's eventual failure as king could be linked to the way he was brought up? The story of Saul's life and the lives of so many leaders today who were once little children is a food for thought for many parents. As Christian parents particularly, we should see it as great If you knew your son would one day turn out to become a great leader in the land, how would you have raised him?

This question should send every parent and potential parent thinking. No one can rightly predict the future of a child; however, parenting provides a very unique and unequaled opportunity to prepare today's kids for tomorrow's responsibilities. Certainly, Kish, Saul's father did not have the slightest premonition that that son, who did not in any way look different from other kids, would one day make history not just as king, but indeed as the very first king of Israel. As it later turned out to be, the questions are: would Kish have had any regret for the way he had brought up Saul? Would he have wished he had done better in training and preparing Saul for the eventual role he was to play in the history of Israel? Is it possible that Saul's eventual failure as king could be linked to the way he was brought up? The story of Saul's life and the lives of so many leaders today who were once little children is a food for thought for many parents.

As Christian parents particularly, we should see it as great opportunity to send into the world change agents who will influence their time for good and the glory of Christ. We must not look down on today's children no matter what seeming weaknesses they may have. It is better we approach child training as though we are preparing them for royal responsibilities. Let's guard against whatever will cause us to regret the future of our children. No effort should be considered too much to exact in building these great leaders of tomorrow. Who knows what that little child of yours today would turn out to be tomorrow? Maybe another history! What you do with them today will tell.

Therefore, raise that child with care. to send into the world change agents who will influence their time for good and the glory of Christ. We must not look down on today's children no matter what seeming weaknesses they may have. It is better we approach child training as though we are preparing them for royal responsibilities. Let's guard against whatever will cause us to regret the future of our children. No effort should be considered too much to exact in building these great leaders of tomorrow. Who knows what that little child of yours today would turn out to be tomorrow? Maybe another history! What you do with them today will tell. Therefore, raise that child with care.

Thought for the day: Will your child look back tomorrow with a "thank you'' glance?

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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.

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