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TESTING

Judges 3:4 “They were for testing Israel, to find out if they would obey the commandments of the Lord, which He had commanded their fathers through Moses.”

 GOD ALLOWS TESTS

God’s commandments were clear.  Get rid of all the pagan nations that lived within the borders of the Promised Land.  He even drove some out Himself through supernatural means, but He left some just to see if His people would obey Him.  Hmmmm! That doesn’t seem very nice.

 God knew their hearts.  They had already begun to intermarry and worship the pagan gods. God desired their obedience, but He wasn’t going to force them.  They had to obey willingly, just like us today.  However, if disobedience is chosen, consequences will come.  They experienced it, and so will we.

 TEACHING MOMENT

 Children need to learn that there are always consequences for any decision they make.  They can choose to obey and be blessed or disobey and be disciplined.  It’s their choice.  Give it to them.  But make sure they are fully aware of the consequences.

 Not following through with the consequences is the worst thing we can do as parents.  “But Carl, they didn’t mean to disobey.”  Are you sure about that?  Don’t get pulled into those big, ole puppy dog eyes.  LOL.  Be firm but loving.

What do you prefer – blessings or discipline? I don’t know about you, but I choose blessing.  That means I have to obey my Heavenly Father even when I think I want my way.  Notice I said “think.”  I don’t always know best.  I know you find that hard to believe, but I don’t.  But He always knows best.

Heavenly Father, hold me accountable for my actions.  That sounds funny to say, but I mean it.  Let me rest in Your knowledge of what is best for me.

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