Psalm 89:1–8; 27–37 Psalm 89:32–34


“I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with flogging; but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness. I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered.” Psalm 89:32–34

As parents, we cannot fully describe the great love we have for our children. We want to encourage them in everything they do. But we are also required to discipline them when they disobey and put themselves in danger. Can you remember a time your children disobeyed and were upset when you disciplined them? Did you assure them you loved them no matter what? Read Psalm 89:1–8 and 27–37. God declared He would be faithful no matter how the Israelites responded to Him. What a statement! But like a caring parent, He knew the Israelites would have to learn the consequences of their disobedience. Even when He disciplines us, God

promises never to abandon His children. And God continues to be faithful through the ages. Teenagers look for authenticity. Be authentic with your teenagers in the commitments and promises you make to them. Point them to God as the only one who will be totally faithful all the time. When your teenagers stumble, remember the grace and faithfulness God shows you when you sin. Make a commitment to love your children no matter what they do. This assurance will strengthen their faith in you and in the God you are teaching them to love.

Connect . . .
First, a family member says: Someone once said, “The only things for certain in life are death and taxes.” But that’s not true. Let’s think of some things in nature we count on every day. (Examples: sunrise, sunset, rain, gravity, etc.) Then, a family member reads: We can’t understand some of these things, such as the moon and gravity. But we know they’re there. In the same way, we know God is always faithful to us even though we can’t understand His ways.

Explore . . .
First, a family member reads Psalm 89:1–8. Then, a family member reads: These verses praise God’s faithfulness. Verse 8 says God’s faithfulness surrounds Him. It is a part of who He is. God is love, and He is faithfulness. Then, another family member reads: We can be certain of one thing in life: God’s faithfulness to us, His children. Even when we are not faithful to God, He remains faithful to us. And even when others—even those we love and trust—are not faithful to us, God always will be.

Transform . . .
The family discusses: In what ways can we see God’s faithfulness in our daily lives? How has God provided for us even though we don’t deserve it? Then, a family member reads: Even when difficulties come, God is still faithful. In fact, in difficult times, God’s faithfulness to us is often most evident. Next, the family discusses: What are some ways our family has been faithful to one another? What are some ways we can be more faithful to one another in the future?

As a family, thank God for His faithfulness. Pray that you would be able to see His love and faithfulness clearly in your lives.

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