The Faith I Live By


“I Will Save Thy Children,” September 20

Preparing for the Heavenly Home

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. FLB 269.1

The youth are the objects of Satan's special attacks.100Gospel Workers, 207. FLB 269.2

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.101The Signs of the Times, November 3, 1881. FLB 269.3

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.102The Signs of the Times, January 1, 1902 (The Review and Herald, January 24, 1907). FLB 269.4

One of the signs of the “last days” is the disobedience of children to their parents.103Child Guidance, 229. FLB 269.5

The sin of rebellion against parental authority, lies at the very foundation of the misery and crime in the world today.104SDA Bible Commentary 2:1009. FLB 269.6

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.105The Signs of the Times, January 1, 1902 (The Review and Herald, January 24, 1907). FLB 269.7

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.106The Review and Herald, October 14, 1875. FLB 269.8

[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.107The Signs of the Times, January 1, 1902 (The Review and Herald, January 24, 1907). FLB 269.9