Surprises Aren’t Always Good

We are living in troubling times when what is good is called bad and what is bad is called good. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20)! Will your children (or you) jump ship and choose to swim with the current societal direction or be sufficiently prepared by God’s Word and in love with the Lord Jesus that they will swim against the current?
An important factor will be how well you have prepared them for what’s ahead. “Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:” (Mark 10:33). The disciples had to be told what was coming so they would understand that God was ultimately in charge.
Children look to their parents to see how they will respond – a fearful reaction or a calm response. “But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles” (Matthew 10:17-18).

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