This is just one of examples of God's parenting.
Our example: Exodus 34:5-7
"Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, 'The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.'”
Katherine Koonce quoted in regards to the above passage....
"God gives us a picture of himself as a loving, compassionate PARENT who speaks the truth and maintains high ideals of right and wrong. He establishes Himself as the authority - proclaiming His name, the LORD. He is not quick to become angry with His children, ever aware of their childish, sinful natures. His heart is bursting with love and faithfulness. He is willing to forgive His wayward children their sin and rebellion, but He also punishes them as part of His loving discipline." ...from her book Parenting the Way God Parents
God is the only Excellent Parent. And it is because He IS excellence. Who better to learn from, right?
Psalm 8:1 His name is majestic
Psalm 36:7 His love is priceless
Psalm 150:2 His greatness surpasses all others
Isaiah 12:5 His deeds are glorious
Isaiah 28:29 His counsel is wonderful and His wisdom magnificent
2 Corinthians 12:9 His power is complete
Romans 12:2 His will is good, pleasing, and perfect
James 1:17 His gifts are good
2 Peter 1:4 His promises are excellent
Again......He IS Excellence
And I believe that it is our job....our duty.....and more importantly our privilege and calling as parents to inspire excellence in our children.
Matthew 5:48 He has called us to a life of excellence as well....
"Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
One more quote from same book...."To live excellently is to value what God values"
Perfect doesn't mean not ever making a mistake. It means to let God be your Abba (father/parent), to value what He values and to teach your children the same.
And you will hear....
"Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her" Proverbs 31:28
***I will be starting a life group at our church for the Summer session. We will be reading this book! Be on the lookout for it..."Young Mom's Inspiring Excellence"***