When you think about sowing and reaping, what is the “reaping” part of rearing children for the glory of God?
Well, the glory of God, of course. But we don’t see it that way, do we? We know that because, even though we may be faithfully obeying God’s word in teaching His ways to our children, we fall into despair when they are unruly in public. Or we feel satisfied (for the moment) when commended for their good behavior, as though that were the true prize.
Why are we so keen to be rewarded with human approbation? Next time I may have an unruly child in public; may I then as well as now consider that when I obey God, he is pleased. May I find true happiness in faithfulness, not results. When I have sinfully disregarded God’s Word that results in my children sinfully disregarding God’s Word, may I repent, and then rest in God’s forgiveness, without considering the approval or disapproval of man.