“Here am I, and the children the Lord has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the Lord Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.” (Isaiah 8:18)
How many families can proclaim this today? How greatly the name of the Lord will be glorified if every head of the family could give a testimony like this. The Lord seeks godly offspring like the family of Abraham from generation to generation (Malachi 2:15). Let us meditate today, and see if we and our families have received this blessing and act accordingly. We should pray together as a family. We should pray committing our family into the hands of God saying, “As for me and my household, we will serve you Lord” (Joshua 24:15). We should submit to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21). When we do so God will choose to bless our family like Abraham’s. Concerning Abraham He said, “For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.” (Genesis 18:19).
Mr. V. Appadurai, a beloved servant of God lived in a place called Ambasamudram. He was a violin maestro. He would play the violin with great devotion during church services for the glory of God and Bro. Dhinakaran was his first grandson. During the time when Mr. Doraisamy, the father of Bro. Dhinakaran, went for military service, Bro. Dhinakaran and his mother, stayed with him. On Sundays, he would teach devotional hymns through Carnatic music to his children and grandson Dhinakaran. We do not know whether his children learnt this music or not, but Bro. Dhinakaran learnt it. He accepted the Lord Jesus as His Saviour in his youth through the blessings of his grandfather. He was used by the Lord to do the ministry of the Lord and to glorify the Lord through signs and wonders. His grandfather was immensely happy with his grandson and when his parents chose a life-partner for their son and informed him, he prayed and revealed the will of God in this matter. Yes! It was only because of such devout elders, that our family is for signs and wonders and is blessed by the Lord today.
Dearly beloved! Dedicate yourselves today to receive this kind of immense joy in your lives. When we teach God’s Word to our children they will not depart from it even when they get old. God says, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:14-15). This is the way to pass on the fear of the Lord from generation to generation and to serve Him faithfully.
Grant Your grace to my family too to excel and bring glory to Your name. Help me to train my children in the Word of the Lord. As for me and my house we will serve You alone O Lord I prostrate at Your feet and implore You to give me this blessing through Your mighty power, O Father, Amen.