Set an Example

When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders. The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba. But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.

(1 Samuel 8:1-3 NIV)

Samuel was a well-respected leader and everyone in Israel attested to that. Sadly, his sons didn’t turn out like him. Even though he named one Joel meaning, “the LORD is God,” and the second Abijah meaning, “The LORD is my Father,” the two sons “did not follow [their father’s] ways.” Nothing about them could make one admit, “Like father, like son.” Oftentimes, parents are held responsible for the way their children turn out, and in most cases, it’s true. However, like Samuel, there are godly parents whose children don’t necessarily turn out well. Samuel did the best that he could to raise his sons in God’s ways and often times, that’s all we can do too.

Do your best to set a good example for your children.

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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