Open Your Mouth

5   Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king.” And he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. 6 His father had never at any time displeased him by asking, “Why have you done thus and so?” He was also a very handsome man, and he was born next after Absalom (1Ki 1.5-6).

Why didn’t Haggith open his mouth and warn his son that he was going down the wrong road? So many parents worship their children. They put their kid up on a pedestal and let them have and do anything they want. They define love by not putting any boundaries in the way of their child’s happiness. Only the best for Johnny will do. Maybe, but who let Johnny decide what is best for him?

Adonijah was committing high treason, but his dad didn’t say a thing. Neither do the parents who don’t say a thing to their Johnny when he talks back to them. That’s right…it is blatant rebellion against God to talk back to your parents. God, who is in control of all things, ordained that the parents of Johnny be his parents – and not the parents of Charlie. Therefore, God has set Johnny’s parents as his authority and as God’s representative to Johnny to how he should live.

I wish more parents opened their mouths and told Johnny not to talk back, or not to say that or do that, or…What ended up happening to Adonijah for his folly? He was revealed to be a fool. Haggith was more worried that his good-looking son would hate him rather than being more concerned about his welfare. He did not correct his son because he was afraid to not be the nice guy. Oh that parents would put their precious little reputations on the line for the sake of their children.

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