“Moab is destroyed; her little ones have caused a cry to be heard.”
The hope of any church or nation is the youth. What happens to the next generation is determined by what the youth of today will do. Many youth are on the pathway to destruction because of the mistakes parents have made in rearing them. Most parents want the best for their children, but they make tragic mistakes as they raise them that leads that young person down the pathway of destruction. When you look at what destroyed Moab, you discover several mistakes that can be made with a youth that leads them to a destructive life. Let me point out several things you must be careful about as you raise your children.
First, youth are destroyed because their parents give them everything. Verse 7 says, “For because thou hast trusted in thy works and in thy treasures…” The youth of today think they are entitled to money, wealth and possessions without work, and that always leads a youth down a path of laziness. Nobody is entitled to any pleasure without working. Parents should be careful about giving their children cars, possessions and luxuries, because this will cause the child to feel that the parent should always pay their way. Children need to learn to work for what they get. When youth learn to work for what they get, they will learn that life doesn’t give them what they want, but they must earn what they get.
Second, youth are destroyed because they live a life of ease. Verse 11 says, “Moab hath been at ease from his youth…” My advice to parents would be to give them chores around the house when they are young, and make it a requirement that they complete those chores before they can go out to play. Youth need to understand that life is not a playground. Every person needs to have responsibilities to do every day. Youth will get themselves into trouble if they have no responsibilities that they are to fulfill every day.
Third, youth are destroyed because of no vision. Verse 11 continues to say about the youth, “…and he hath settled on his lees…” When youth don’t have to work or are not given responsibilities, they will have no vision for their life. Vision is produced in a young person when they are shown that they are not entitled to everything. Youth need to have a vision that is bigger than themselves, and they need to understand that their vision should be what the LORD has placed them on this Earth to do. A young person needs to be given a purpose in life. Purpose produces a vision, and vision produces a drive to do something great, and a drive to do something great will cause a youth not to do things that will keep them from seeing their vision fulfilled.
Fourth, youth are destroyed because they are rescued from hardships. Verse 11 continues to say, “…and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel…” One of the biggest mistakes parents make with their children is that they don’t make them figure out how to work through their difficulty themselves. Children need to figure out how to do hard things without their parents always bailing them out when they think it is too hard. My friend, God has given your child a brain to use; you would be wise to make them use their brain to work through difficulties without helping them. When a child learns to work through difficulties as a child, they will learn that they can make it through any trial as an adult. Stop “rescuing” your child every time they whine about something, and make them figure out a way to worth through it.