Today You told me about a teapot of lard.
Of two families whose fathers were taken into labor camps for the sake of preaching Your word, and food was rationed, to be purchased only by food vouchers.
Of one mother who showed true friendship to her sister in the Lord, that she saved and the fat from the meat she cooked to her friend and her friend’s children, that they can better flavour their food, while she and her children continued with the rations given.
And this story was told by the son of the mother who received the gift.
1. The embarrassment that my first reaction to ‘lard’ was of disgust until I heard the full story. The embarrassment that in the excessively abundant world I live in, nutrition is king, and I did not consider the difficulty of their times. Food is so abundant here, we do not know the blessings of what it means to eat and to be full.
2. That the spiritual well-being of our children must be valued more than the physical. Parents want children to do well in life, which is good. We want our children to be healthy, and this is good and necessary. But to have their lives rooted in the Lord, to value this first, beyond academic education. To see their spiritual health as necessary as their physical health, to care as urgently for both. A parent’s greatest worry is for how their children will be cared for if anything should happen to them… But in recent weeks, hearing of sacrifice of godly parents in faith-restricted countries continue to serve, knowing the danger it is to themselves, knowing the risk to their families (and of course, it would have been safer to be quiet, to hide their faith)… They still continued. And families were separated. And the children suffered alongside their parents. And sometimes, without their parents.
And yet. And yet I see how these children grew strong in faith in the Lord. In seeing how real their parents’ faith was, how they lived it out, how they gave God their all and lived by obedience to His Word… The children followed.
Oh, and is that not the best thing we can give our children?
We can give them a good education.
And we make sure they are in the best health.
But what of eternity?
Do we believe and live out the reality of eternity before the children?
An old couple told me the biggest deterrent to the faith of children is hypocrisy from their parents.
Children have the clearest minds.
They sense falsehood better than lie detectors.
They watch and they know.
How can we live consistently before the Lord and before the children?
To walk our talk daily?
For me, it begins with a change in my values.
To value a child’s spiritual well-being first.
Knowing that health and education are essential, and these we will care for.
But to pray first that they may know the Lord, and follow Him in true, faithful and joyful obedience — this would be my first prayer for a child.
The lesson was on Jonathan’s friendship with David.
That love and loyalty was on mutual faith on God; they both saw that God was stronger than their circumstance.
That God’s promise would stand and have victory.
The children’s faith was greater than the parents’ sight and logic.
And God showed victory by their faith.