I Kings 13:19 “So he went back with him, and ate bread in his house and drank water.”
Do you know this whole story? A “man of God” had come to Jeroboam, the King of the 10 Northern tribes, and rebuked him because of the altar he had built. God had told him to deliver the message and return home by another route. God also told him to NOT eat or drink anything while there. But another old prophet convinces him to come to his home and eat and drink with him. He said God had told him to tell the “man of God” it was okay. It wasn’t. He was killed by a lion when he left! Hmmmm! One was lying and there was also a lion.
Our children have to know that people will try to trick them. Some will actually tell them God said it was okay to do things that you, their Parents, have taught them was wrong. They will be told by others that God’s Word doesn’t have all the answers when they have been taught it does. There is only ONE truth – God’s truth. And the source of that truth is His Word.
We are so quick to teach them about “Stranger Danger.” We warn them to not trust people they don’t know. We warn them about choosing their friends carefully. But do we teach them to trust what the Lord says regardless of what others may say? Do we tell them to stick to their core values and convictions?
The “man of God” didn’t do anything horrible. He simply ate and drank something. It wasn’t what he did. It was that he did it. He disobeyed. That was the bottom line. If God says to do or not do something, you have to believe there was a reason for it. Trust Him! Teach your children to trust Him. Better yet, look for ways to show your children that you are trusting Him in a circumstance. That will teach them!