Proverbs 20:7: “The righteous man walks in his integrity; / His children are blessed after him.”

June 24th, 2024 by Pastor Ed in devotional

God gives every human parent the opportunity to do something great but it requires faithfulness. Malaysian bamboo farmers know about faithfulness. In Malaysia there is a strain of very valuable, giant bamboo that takes great patience and wisdom to cultivate. Here is how they do it:

Year 1: plant, water, fertilize = nothing happens.

Year 2: water, cultivate, fertilize = still nothing visible happens.

Year 3: water, cultivate, fertilize = still absolutely no signs of growth or that the work is accomplishing anything.

Year 4: more water, more cultivation, more fertilizer = still absolutely nothing.

Year 5: water, cultivate, fertilize = amazingly, the bamboo shoots up 60 feet in 30 days.

Under ideal conditions, the giant bamboo can grow 60 cm (about 2 feet) per day. This is an astounding amount of growth, from absolutely no growth for four years to the height of a 6-story building in one month. So how do we lead our family for the next 40 years? We do it be being a godly parent today, and then tomorrow, and then the next day, and so on and so on . . .

“LORD, please empower us and help us to be faithful today as You are faithful to us.”