“Solomon loved the Lord and followed the instructions of his father David, but he also slaughtered animals and offered them as sacrifices on various altars.” 1 Kings 3:3 GNT
Every Christian Parent’s dream is to have:
- Children that love the Lord
- Children that follow their instructions
But sometimes our Godly legacy can have twist and turns once our children cross over the threshold into their adult years. We have what I call – the ‘but factor’ ... 1. Solomon loved the Lord. 2. He followed the instructions of his father…but – he also slaughtered animals and offered them as sacrifices on various altars. What a devastating and awful feeling it is to learn that your children have obeyed your instructions and follow God, BUT they have made personal sacrifices to strange gods – It’s every Godly parent’s worst nightmare.
In spite of the amazing upbringing, family worship and altar times, including establishing great morals within the family…there’s a possibility of discovering a huge loophole when it comes to the personal choices of our children. As parents, we can only do the best we can in nurturing our children to follow God wholeheartedly when they are young, but once they have entered adulthood – their choices will always be revealed by their actions.
Children who grow up in a Christian home, will seldom stray away from loving God. BUT, the real result to passing the test is – observing where they are placing their sacrifices. Various altars can be found anywhere God’s presence wouldn’t go. I used to tell my kids – there are places God would not go…and if they make their choices to go there, then they are on their own because God is not going there.
The Word of God says, ‘It’s better to obey than to offer sacrifices.’ Obedience to God is far more honorable than the offering you bring to Him. Some people argue – but if I win the lottery or get wealthy by doing ungodly stuff, would the church refuse my ten percent? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’… God didn’t accept Cain’s sacrifice. King David said, ‘I would not offer the Lord anything that didn’t cost me.’
God only requires a heart sacrifice. Anything given from the heart requires obedience. There are blessings for those who obey the Lord, and there are curses for those who do not obey God.
We all have to personally decide on the choices we make.
“And if you obey me and keep my laws and commands, as your father David did, I will give you a long life.”
1 Kings 3:14 GNT