39. Discipline your child

Last week we learned that God makes all things work together for our good. Good things and bad things. He will use all things to enrich us in the end that good will come out of it. We might not understand it now, but continue to trust God and love Him; in the end you will see it. God blessed David with a very special son, Solomon and He helped David to conquer Ammon and to be enriched in the process. All because David continued to love God and to honor and worship Him.

Now David had many wives and as a consequence of that he had many children too. And there was not much love between all these children. God never wanted anyone to have more than one wife. God made Adam and Eve, one on one. He didn't intend that any man have more than one wife, as He knew the trouble that it could bring. Plus marriage is a picture of Jesus and His bride. So if God wanted more than one for mankind, what does that say of Jesus? That we must share His love with others? No, God ordained, one man and one woman. And He especially told the kings that, because He knew that they will do whatever they pleased due to their ranking:

"Neither shall the king multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away: nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself." Deuteronomy 17:17

But David didn't heed God's Word and here all his trouble began. The first crises began because Amnon fell in love with his half-sister, Tamar. Amnon followed the advice of his evil friend and pretended to be sick. He asked David to send his sister to him to care for him, which David did. She came and he raped her. She tried to talk him out of it, to rather let him marry her, but he wouldn't listen. Afterwards she still asked that he marry her, for it was shameful not to be a virgin anymore, but his love for her had turned into hatred and he sent her away. He had done a despicable thing. The Bible tells us David was very angry at what happened but it is clear that David didn't do anything about it. He didn't discipline Amnon for his actions. And this was a big mistake. The Word tells us that we must discipline our children:

"He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly." Proverbs 13:24

David didn't discipline Amnon for this despicable act. And this resulted in a lot of heartache and pain. For Absalom, Tamar's real brother, hated Amnon for doing this to his sister and decided to take revenge. We will have a look at it next week. The point is David could have spared so many lives if he had just disciplined Amnon. The events following this rape are truly sad, and so many innocent people were hurt in the process.

We must learn from this and discipline our children when they have done wrong. They need to learn the right ways of God. And you as their parent are the best person to do it. You need to show them the way of life, so that when they grow up, they will not depart from it. Otherwise if you leave your child and not discipline him/her, they will grow up hurting many innocent lives in the process. It is your job to teach them and to lead them unto the way everlasting. Start when they are small, then they won't deviate when they are bigger. Do not make the same mistake as David. You will be so glad that you disciplined them.

Father, thank you so much for the children in our lives. Thank you that You have blessed us with them. Help us to teach them right from wrong and to lead them unto Your pathway for them. Amen

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