We promise not to give our daughters in marriage to the peoples around us or take their daughters for our sons. – Neh 10:30
It was not so much that the Jews were introverted, but more that they wanted to protect their children from the World and its wickedness. Anyone, who truly wanted to become a part of the Jewish community and accept their ways were welcomed, but the Jews were never to accept the ways of others because they were to follow what God had to say and be Holy.
Today, it saddens me when I think that our world has become so publicly immoral in its intentions and actions. It has become selfish and self-centered. But I am grateful that I can protect my children from that by teaching them the ways of the Lord and not accepting the ways of the world.
More than that, I accept the responsibility not to give my children over to an immoral world and let them fend for themselves. It is my job as a parent to raise them up to know the Lord and His ways. To teach them that His ways are good, holy and righteous. To teach them, by following His ways my life becomes more that it ever could have been.
Thank you Lord for my children. Help me to continue to protect them, not giving them over to the ways of the world, but instead teaching them Your ways and truths that they may grow in You. I pray in doing so they would chose Your path in their lives and that I will always be there to guide and direct them.
Won’t you join me today in proclaiming to the Lord that we will not give our children over to the bondage of a sinful world, but that we will take responsibility and raise them in the ways of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
May the Lord’s Light Shine Upon You,