Parenting in the Fear of the Lord
Because God was central in Job’s life, Job also cared about the relationship his children had with God. As a natural outgrowth of his passion, Job wanted his children to possess what was most important to him—a relationship with Elohim. He did not build his life around his kids, but he endeavored to build his children’s lives around God. Party conversations most assuredly remembered “Dad sure will work hard tomorrow to intercede with God on our behalf!” They significantly encountered God through their father’s influence.
Job’s sons would take turns preparing feasts in their homes, and they would also invite their three sisters to celebrate with them. When these celebrations ended—sometimes after several days—Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, “Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.Job 1:4–5 NLT
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO ME?
The process of relating to God became natural because a relationship with God was essential to Job. Reverence for God infiltrated every aspect of his being, polarizing him from his pagan culture, and prioritizing his existence into the image of God. Desperate to be dependent on the One he most revered, the defining aspect of Job’s connection was fear that exhibited awe for the One who sustained him. Job’s emotional makeup reflected his spiritual connection. He was not anxious about life because he lived in fear of his Lord.
Lord, I fear only You. I long to serve You in truth with all of my heart because of the great things You have done for me. I know that in You I can have strong confidence. As Your child You give me a place of refuge, and I desire that You also give my children a place of refuge. . . .1 Sam. 12:24, Prov. 14:26
(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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