And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually. ESV Job 1:5
One of my kids came up to my room last night to confess a sin struggle. It wasn’t too surprising but really hit me hard. I’ve struggled similarly, and seeing the same struggle in my kid really convicted me. Perhaps it was hard to hear as well because I’ve been so busy “being a good parent” with soccer and youth group. How could these struggles be taking place when I’m already doing so much? I had to acknowledge in the busyness of late, my morning time with the Lord had suffered. Sports keeps me out late which means my wife and I stay up talking late which means I sleep in late in the morning. Hence I spend many more hours with my kids building relationships, and lose the minutes of morning prayer. Major problem.
As I considered my situation, I thought of Job. This man “continually” “would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings” for each of his kids. If I think praying is hard to do first thing in the morning, imagine how hard it would be to sacrifice 5 sheep every morning! I can’t imagine going to the barn, selecting the sheep, grabbing the knife, the coals, the tray. Going to the altar, tying the sheep, slitting it’s throat, opening it up. Removing the different organs (per Levitical teaching), pouring the blood on one side of the altar, burning the rest. Then repeating…for each child. And yet, this is how much Job cared for his children. This is how seriously he took his job.
Praise God, Christ has died and we are forgiven. He now ever lives to make intercession for us (and our children). However, in one sense, we are still priests of our own home. We have the awesome responsibility and opportunity to intercede on their behalf. Make sure you take time today to really intercede on behalf of your children. It’s a wonderful privilege you have as their parent and grandparent. Take advantage of it, especially for the sake of their souls.