But thus saith the Lord, even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. Isaiah 49:25.
The youth are the objects of Satan’s special attacks.
Wherever we turn, the battle goes on unceasingly…. Multitudes of the youth are swept away by the overwhelming tide of evil. In every earnest Christian heart the question rises, “Why, oh, why, in a land of Bibles and Christian teaching, can the adversary of souls exert over our youth a power so mighty, so unrestrained?” The reason is apparent. Parents are neglecting their solemn responsibility.
If a field is left uncultivated, a crop of weeds is sure to appear. So it is with children. If the soil of the heart is uncultivated, Satan sows his seeds of anger and hatred, selfishness and pride, and they quickly spring up, to bear a harvest that parents reap with bitter regret. Too late they see their terrible mistake.
One of the signs of the “last days” is the disobedience of children to their parents.
The sin of rebellion against parental authority, lies at the very foundation of the misery and crime in the world today.
Jesus loves children and youth. He rejoices when He sees Satan repulsed in his efforts to overcome them. Many a youth is in imminent peril through manifold temptations, but the Saviour has the tenderest sympathy for him, and sends His angels to guard and protect him. He is the Good Shepherd, ever ready to … seek for the lost, straying sheep.
Parents stand in the place of God to their children, and they will have to render an account, whether they have been faithful to the charge committed to their trust.
[Christian parents,] be true to your trust. God will help you. Guided by Him, your children will grow up to bless and honor you in this life and in the life to come.
The Faith I Live By p. 269
Prayer Requests
Dear Friends,
Over the years, Ron and I have moved many times. Whenever we moved, we tried to find a rural location whenever possible. It was important to us that our children be raised surrounded by God’s creation. We wanted them to grow up under conditions best suited to spiritual development.
In one place when we lived in North Carolina, we rented a doublewide on a peninsula where most of the surrounding homes were vacation cottages and we had close neighbors only a few weeks out of the year. We were happy in our home surrounded by a thick stand of trees. Rarely did we see a car go by on our narrow, dirt road and it was not unusual for us to look out of the window and see the neighbor’s cow grazing in our yard. The children and I enjoyed watching the birds, toads, snakes, and insects that lived around us. We took daily walks and, most of the year, a daily swim. It was very peaceful and we loved it there.
One day, my mother came for a visit. The solitude that we enjoyed was not enjoyable for her. She was bored and uncomfortable. The children and I showed her all of the things that we loved doing, but they were not exciting to her. After two or three days, she longed for city life. She exclaimed that she longed for civilization, to see cars whizzing by, people going about their routines, stores to shop in, and to hear loud noises. Once she told us of her feelings, Ron took her to a restaurant in the nearest town which was about 20 miles away. Then she felt more comfortable and could endure a few more days of solitude before returning home to the big city.
Our Great Creator never wanted us to dwell in cities for He knew that the result would be sickness and sin. “Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place!” Isa 5:8 He gave us a beautiful world, a world full of object lessons to draw us closer to Himself. He placed our first parents in a beautiful garden and gave them the task of caring for it. They were told, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, (make plentiful, in other words, spread out over all the earth) and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Gen 1:28
After sin entered the world and man began to multiply upon the earth, they congregated together in cities ;This brought great wickedness to the earth and “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” Gen 6:5-7 Our Loving Father sent a great flood that covered the entire earth to destroy that beautiful world that He had made. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” vs 8. Noah and his three sons along with their wives were saved in the ark that God had them build. What a different world they beheld when they stepped off from that boat. How greatly it had changed! Yet even now, after 6000 years of sin, we can see His handiwork and realize His tender care for us. Even now there are object lessons in nature that teach spiritual truths if we will just look for them.
David tells us, “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.” Psa 33:6-9; 19:1-6
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.” Psa 95:6,7 May our heart be lifted up to Him in praise and thanksgiving. May we serve the LORD with gladness continually is my prayer.

“I Will Save Thy Children”