Summary: (Devotional Series 8/50)What a home for the child to grow up in! In this study, we can learn something about the portrait of God-centered home and child.
THE HOME AND THE CHILD
I. Portrait of God-centered home.
What a home for the child to grow up in! Imagine:
A. Its Unity - the whole story shows the lovely spirit existed between Manoah and his wife; they discussed everything together and served the Lord together.
B. Its Hospitality - They gave credit to others, not criticism (17)
C. Its Worship - The whole family joined in honoring the Lord (20)
D. Its Faith - The Lord’s Word and the Lord’s goodness were utterly trusted (17, 23)
No wonder God chose this family as a home for his special servant!
II. Portrait of a God-centered child.
The careful upbringing his parents gave him began to bear fruit even during Samson’s childhood. We see him:
A. Growing in body (24) - good food and exercise did their work.
B. Growing in knowledge (24) - especially knowledge of the Lord.
C. Growing in experience (25) - finding more and more of God’s Spirit at work in his life.
Prayer: Lord, may we give a good start to the next generation by faithful, balanced Christian homes.
Keynote: Like father, like son