“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the Land the LORD your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12
We are to regard our parents with great respect. Today, September 11th, is memorialized because of the many lives that were lost during the terrorist attack that destroyed the twin towers in New York, it is a good time to talk about honor. Many of the fire fighters who tried to save lives that day were killed from smoke, from falling debris, and from other blasts. Those men and women were honorable. They worked tediously to help people, risking their own lives. Their duty and sacrifice was honorable. We recall and show respect for them in ceremonies on this day.
We also remember the victims of that attack; the fathers, mothers, friends, relatives, and children who were killed because of terrorism. They were innocent victims who are deserving of honor, because their lives were taken prematurely. It is a sad and somber reflection.
God is telling us to honor our parents. If we are parenting correctly, our children will know that we love them deeply.
Our parents are due honor and respect for their love towards us. They teach us right ways to keep us from harm. They lead by example. They discipline because they love us. They are willing to go into harms way to rescue their children. God wanted to make sure that we would hold our parents in high esteem, that we would obey them, because they love us so much.
The pattern for the family is a reflection of our relationship with God. We know He has our best interests in mind. He cares so much for us that He warns us of the things that will hurt us. He desires that we do good and succeed. He doesn’t want any harm to come to us. When we fail, like the prodigal son, He is willing to receive us, forgive us, and restore to us our birthright.
Not all parents are giving their children the kind of love and direction they need. Many kids are left to fend for themselves. Some parents are abusive to their children, and some even have killed their children. God wanted a family unit to be love in action. Foolish parents have lost the honor due them. Proverbs 26:1:Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.
I am so sorry for those who haven’t experienced the love of a parent. There are many “orphans” in the world. Psalm 27:11 says, When my father and mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
God is the best Father, ever! He loves you and me enough to die for us. He has made us heirs with Christ, and has adopted us as His dear children.
Lord, thank you that when things don’t work out on earth the way we planned, you have a bigger purpose and plan that is much better. Thank you for fixing the broken things, and taking us up as your dear children. Help us to honor those who deserve honor. Help us to honor You!