"In the Lord's hand the king's heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him. A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart. To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice." Proverbs 21:1-3
When I was a kid, I remember my mom and my dad continuously teaching me the difference between what was right and what was wrong. I remember asking a lot of questions, but the main one I asked over and over again was, "Why?" As I continued to grow, my parents continued to teach me what was right and was wrong. I began to understand that there were some things you should do and some things you shouldn't do. I also began to understand that my parents loved the Lord. I began to understand that as they read the Bible to me and prayed with me.
I look back now at how my parents raised me, and I am so thankful to God for them. I am thankful that my parents taught me right from wrong according to God's Word. I am thankful that my parents didn't just make things up as they went along. I am thankful that my parents didn't just go with the flow of the world and teach me according to the world's standards. My parents taught me that God's Word was the standard to live by. Today, I am trying to teach my children the difference between right and wrong. I am trying to teach my children that God's Word is the standard that we are to live by. Were there times that I missed the mark? Were there times that I chose poorly, times that I got it wrong in my life? YES! Will there be times that my children miss the mark? Will there be times that my children choose poorly, times that they get it wrong in life? YES! I thank God for repentance and forgiveness. I thank God for His standard that never changes. His Word and His ways are constant. The key to all of this is not just understanding what is right and what is wrong. The key is doing what is right. The key is the heart. Back when I was a child, I could tell that my mom and my dad loved the Lord. I could see that they had hearts for God, and it made a difference in my family. Today, I realize that my heart is the key for my family. If I have a heart surrendered to the Lord out of love and obedience, then I know He will direct my paths. I know that He will show me what is right and what is wrong, and He will enable me to choose what is right. I love what Solomon says in Proverbs 21:3, when he says, "To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice." It reminds me of what Samuel says in 1 Samuel 15:22, "Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams." Obedience is better than sacrifice. Doing what is right is what pleases the Lord. Thank you, mom and dad, for teaching me the ways of the Lord, for teaching me the difference between right and wrong. Thank You, Father, for saving me, for changing my heart. Thank You, Father, for patience, for love, and for forgiveness. Today, may we walk in the truth of Your Word and may our hearts be in Your hands. Amen.