Your Stand For God Is Actually For Your Children As Well!
“Here am I with the children whom the LORD has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel from the LORD of Hosts, Who dwells in Mount Zion” (Isaiah 8:18). The above Scripture is one of the most quoted by the sons of God. The Scripture tells us that as servants of the Most High, we and our children are for signs and wonders upon the land because God said so and not as a result of a government policy. However, if that is not the case, it is not the government’s fault but ours. This is so because we are supposed to operate and live under a different system. Remember, though we are in this world, as children of God, we are not of the world (John 17:16). It is true we must obey the laws of the land and live by them; we are actually supposed to be guided by the laws of God from which governments derive their laws. If you do agree with this argument, it then becomes preposterous when children of God accuse the government of the day for the lapses on their part and their children’s. A pastor once told his congregation that he was angry with the civil government of his country because his children are at home after college education unable to find jobs! Whilst I sympathize with him, the following questions and concerns came to mind: As a priest of God is that supposed to be happening to him? What sign is that for the society in which he lives in? What is God saying concerning the situation? Our lives and that of our children are meant to give hope and make resounding statements that our God lives and He is a rewarder of those who consistently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). Unfortunately, we see the children of the righteous both in biblical times and in ours become negative signs that people pray against. For instance, the daughters of Lot (though virgins outwardly, but were scarred inwardly by the vices of Sodom and Gomorrah). What went wrong?
Through the Scriptures, we see children that were pronounced blessed before they were born and we see the blessings manifest in their lives as long as they keep to the paths their fathers walked – Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David and so many more. One thing that stands out in these narratives is that their fathers took a stand for God, the seed themselves emulated their fathers, thus were blessed. Let us consider the life of Aaron. God blessed him and told him he and his sons will be His high priests. However, two of his sons (Nadab and Abihu) offered an unauthorized fire before the Lord; they were killed instantly leaving Ithamar and Eleazar to carry on the priestly duties (Leviticus 10). By the time we got to the book of Numbers, we saw the son of Eleazar, Phinehas, stand up boldly for the Lord, and God made a profound covenant with him and his seed: “Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give to him My covenant of peace; and it shall be to him and his descendants after him a covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his God and made atonement for the children of Israel’” (Numbers 25:12-13). This covenant came about because Phinehas took a stand for God whilst others looked on. In Malachi, the Lord explained what the covenant entails: “My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave these to him; it called for reverence, and he revered Me and stood in awe of My name. True instruction was in his mouth, and nothing wrong was found on his lips. He walked with Me in peace and fairness and turned many from sin” (Malachi 2:5-7). In the Book of Isaiah, God reiterated again: “’Though the mountains move and the hills shake, My love will not be removed from you and My covenant of peace will not be shaken’ says your compassionate LORD” (Isaiah 54:10).
Friend, what is your stand in response to the happenings in your environment? Are you on the side of God or on the side of logic, worldly reasoning and the likes? When you take the right stand, God will honor His word concerning the covenant. The covenant above is truly for us because we are presently a Kingdom of Priests (Revelation 1:6) once we believe and accept Him as our Lord and Master. So many have turned their gaze away, thus standing for worthless opinions, arguments and objects; they forget that as sons of God we cannot afford to reason the way the world does. Unfortunately, the consequences are dire as it affects not only us but our children as well. Friend, whether you have children now or not, take a stand for the Lord Jesus Christ so that His covenant of peace will reign in your life and in your seed as well when they see and emulate you. God bless you.