We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Shade Tree Parenting

I have heard it said that “great is the man who plants trees in whose shade he will never sit under.” This saying reminds me of parenting. It is a wise parent who is preparing for the future success of their children.

There is no better illustration of this kind of sacrificial nurturing than the example provided by King David.In I Chronicles 22 we are allowed to go behind the scenes and listen in on David’s interaction with his son Solomon. This is an important exchange between father and son; David is nearing the end of his life. Solomon may be thinking that he is about to receive a lecture about life, but instead he hears his father say:

“‘With great pains I have provided for the house of the LORD 100,000 talents of gold, a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much of it; timber and stone, too, I have provided. To these you must add. You have an abundance of workmen: stonecutters, masons, carpenters, and all kinds of craftsmen without number, skilled in working gold, silver, bronze, and iron. Arise and work! The LORD be with you!’ David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon his son . . .”

To put this in perspective, a talent weighs 75 pounds! That’s 75 million pounds of silver! Now that’s doing some serious saving! And what’s amazing is that David was saving it so that his son would be able to carry on the work of God. Now that’s a parenting perspective with an eternal purpose.

In 2nd Corinthians 12 we read “. . . for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.”

This pattern for parenting was first demonstrated by our heavenly Father . . . “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)