1 Kings 4:1, "A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, 'Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.'"
Before I begin to share what God has put on my heart today, let me first say that the following is not a teaching on increase, prosperity, or hundred fold returns. No, I have not gone over to the dark side, nor will I now, when the biscuit wheels have fallen off the prosperity gravy train begin to teach something that is evidently and without doubt a selfish, hedonistic gospel, antithetical to the gospel of Christ.
With everything going on in the world today, even I found it odd that God would put a message on my heart not having to do with wars or rumors of war, not having to do with a world on the brink, but rather having to do with the most fundamentally important aspect of our existence as human beings, namely family.
Throughout the world and especially in America the family is under attack. The attacks being leveled against the family are systematic, methodical, ongoing, and vicious. The enemy is well aware that if he can enslave the minds and hearts of the young, the future is his, and he is pulling out all the stops, calling in all his reserves, mounting one final siege in the hopes that he can win not only the battle but the war itself.
Although I have no children of my own yet, I can sympathize with every parent, with every mother and father who are finding it increasingly difficult to compete with everything the world is throwing at their children. As I said, I have no children of my own, but we are raising eighty five of them in the hand of help orphanage, and we are confronted with the same obstacles, the same setbacks, the same frustrations and the same hardships as every parent that desires to raise their children in the fear of the Lord in our day and age.
As I was reading the aforementioned scripture this morning, I realized it had far more to do with the love of a mother for her sons, than it ever did about increase or supernatural multiplication of oil in a jar.
As I began to meditate on this singular verse, I realized there are lessons every parent can learn from this bereft mother, who cried out to the man of God not for herself, not for her own wellbeing, but for her sons.
I submit to you that this mother, just as any mother who is a mother more than in name only would, pled for the wellbeing of her children with more passion and pathos than she would have for herself. She did not begin to tell the man of God how difficult it had been raising two sons after her husband's passing, she did not complain about how she didn't have time for herself anymore, she cried out for her children because the creditor to whom she owed a debt she could not pay was coming to take her sons into slavery.
Although separated by millennia this mother's reaction to the reality that soon her sons would be taken into bondage has something to teach us that is far more profound than the fact that the vessels were filled with oil.
The first lesson every parent must learn from this widow woman's reaction, is that interceding for your children is by far more profitable than screaming at your children.
In speaking to our staff here in Romania, we came to the conclusion that we spend far more time on our knees praying for the children that we have under our care, than we do for ourselves.
Pray for your children, intercede for them, even if they have strayed, even if they have wandered, even if they are in rebellion. God hears every prayer that you pray, he sees every tear that you shed, and in due season He will intervene and begin to work in their lives.
The second lesson every parent must learn from this widow woman's reaction is that when raising children being proactive is a necessity. The woman did not wait for her creditor to come and take her sons into slavery, she did not wait until they were already slaves, she cried out to the man of God before this took place, before it was too late.
Be proactive in your children's lives! Rather than having to scramble to put out a fire, make certain that the fire never gets started in the first place. I realize it's difficult to keep up with what children are doing nowadays, I realize saying we should be proactive and preemptive is easier than the doing of it, but we have no choice in the matter, because the enemy doesn't seem to be tiring, or losing his appetite when it comes to seeing the destruction of the family.
Tragically there are parents today enslaving their children with their own hands. The very notion of parenting has been perverted to such an extent, that it has been redefined to mean that it's more important to be your child's friend than it is to be their parent and their authority figure.
'Well, we let our little one do whatever he wants, we let our little one have whatever he wants, we let our little one watch whatever he wants, because we don't want him growing up thinking ill of us.'
It's these same parents, with this attitude of indulgence who ten or fifteen years down the line weep bitter tears at seeing their 'little one' become a shell of a man, corrupt of mind and heart, and in bondage to the enemy.
I realize the following will not be popular for some, but for the sake of your child's future, be the parent, be the authority figure, be the head of your family. Whenever you see your child doing something he ought not to be doing, whenever you see your child watching something he ought not to be watching, and think to overlook it for the sake of maintaining the peace, just remember there is no worse slave master in the entire world than the devil.
The third lesson every parent must learn from this widow woman's reaction, is to identify the danger to your child, and do all that you can to protect them from it. The woman rightly identified the danger to her sons, the danger being that they were to be made slaves by a creditor to whom she owed money. She also did all that she could to protect them, crying out to the man of God as a last resort, hoping that he could somehow help.
Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.