Yesterday, I noticed that there were small oak trees growing in my flower beds. The trees abundantly produced acorns, so many that it looked like mulch, and now those acorns are producing trees! I began to pull up, what seemed like hundreds of them. As an oak tree grows, the root grows deeper and deeper into the soil, making it much harder to pull out of the ground. Those tiny oaks are like our children and that’s why it’s important that children receive a firm foundation in the Lord in their early years, while the soil is loose and fertile. Once they are grown, it’s harder to change their direction, much like trying to dig up an oak tree growing in the wrong place. In most cases, the tree has to be cut down because it’s grown too deep into worldly soil. There are tools that can move a large oak, but it’s much more difficult, the roots have grown accustomed to the soil that it was growing in, and becomes entangled in its previous surroundings like chains. If the enemy feeds our children lies, and teaches them his ways, it is more than likely they will be bound by his chains.
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:5-7