Wake up in the night,lay your hands on your children,bless them and speak the words of God into their lives.Before they go out in the morning,send them forth with prayers.Prayers work far better than those horse whips and canes.
So sad that Adonijah didn’t receive ordinary scolding from his father.While King David didn’t displease Adonijah when he was a child,he in turn displeased King David in his old age.He went for the king’s jugular!
It is not healthy parenting when you get to your house after work and your children hear the sound of your car,they all start urinating in their pants.Or they start hiding under the chair because No-nonsense Daddy is around.It is not good when your children cannot be themselves around you.However,this doesn’t mean you should not be firm when the needs arise.
I know God almighty promises us that He will not withhold any good things from us.He is such a wonderful God.In fact He can do things beyond our wildest imagination.No earthly father could do 0.1% of what God could do for His children.However, there are two ways God can deny us of what we ask:
Don’t run away from a church because you are chastised,or run to a church where you won’t receive any corrections if you misbehave.Church setting provides structure to teach,guide and discipline.However,any suspension in the church that does not make the suspended a better person but bitter/hardened sinner is an exercise in futility.
God is a loving Father but He also disciplines His children.It will be a great error to emphasize the grace of God and de-emphasize His discipline.