Pr. 19:18: “Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not set your heart on his destruction.”
Last I left you, with regard to my son, he was stripped of all toys and most privileges due to being stuck in a pattern of disrespect. I am happy to report that things are looking up. He had the choice of disregarding our correction or regarding our rebuke and receiving honor. I would like to give honor to him now:
2 nights ago he had a sleepover at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Their house is so much fun! They have Bible story time, game time, arts and craft time, story time, and…they not only have virtually unlimited channels on their tv, plus lots extra movies and shows. Honestly, I forgot all about reminding him or them that he was not allowed to watch any television or movies.
The next morning my mom called to give me this report: “I told him he could go watch a show while I got ready for the day. He started walking towards the living room, but stopped and said, “Oh, Grandma, I forgot. I’m not allowed to watch any shows. I got in trouble.”
Now, my parents didn’t know he couldn’t watch shows, and neither his father, sister, nor I were there to monitor his choices. Character is shown in what you do when no one is looking. By not watching shows, even when he had Grandma’s permission, my son certainly proved that his character is being set in the right direction.
Today’s verse reminds me that in my last blog about him I said that we want to correct his behavior while he is still young. Today’s verse says, “while there is still hope.” We are not willing to resign ourselves to the fact that he will just be a disrespectful man. We have hope that the Lord will continue to build his character throughout his life. We do not think that since sinful actions are being demonstrated in his life that he is doomed for destruction.
We know that eternal life awaits our son. We understand that Jesus came to save and redeem the world…including Levi. We know that the Lord is not willing that any should perish, and therefore His Holy Spirit works in the hearts of men, reminding them of God. Levi heeded the reminder of the Holy Spirit when he chose not to watch tv.
No amount of outward behavior means more to me than the act of integrity and obedience to the Holy Spirit that my son demonstrated at Grandma’s house. His heart is pointed in the right direction and that is what truly matters.
Ro. 5:5: “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Praise God!
The same holds true for you and yours. With God, there is always hope! There is no age limit to salvation, redemption, or a move of the Holy Spirit.