Genesis has many ancient paths that lead to life. We’ve seen how work can be a blessing, how Jesus death on the cross fulfilled the requirement for sin, and how Noah found favor in the eyes of God. Let’s look at a few more Scripture passages and find God’s ways, His ancient paths, that lead to life……
Another path that leads to life seen in the life of Noah is the fact Noah was a man, not a super hero. He made mistakes and wrong choices. Genesis 9:20-24 tells us that Noah planted a vineyard and drank of the wine. He became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent.
We grandparents are not super heroes and we make mistakes and wrong choices. Even so, we can teach our grandchildren to do what Noah’s sons, Shem and Japheth, did. They showed great honor to their father. Verse 23 says they took a garment, laid it on their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away and they did not see their father’s nakedness.
“Honor your father and mother,”
which is the first commandment with promise:
“that it may be well with you
and you may live long on the earth.”
Ephesians 6:2-3 (NKJV)
The path that leads to life in this passage is “honor”. In this day and time there seems to be little honor. We can teach our grandchildren to respect and honor their parents by our honoring and respecting their parents. What I mean is asking their parents permission to speak to your grandchildren about hard things.
Talk with the parents about the values they want the children to have and value. If your grandchildren are young, talk with parents about how they discipline and honor their way of discipline by supporting them. If there is an area you are concerned with, speak to them as an advisor, not as parent.
We as grandparents, must set the example. We must respect and honor our grandchildren’s parents. May God bless you as you walk with the parents and teach your grands to obey God’s voice.
How do you show honor to your children in your relationship with your grandchildren?