«Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but counselors of peace have joy» (Proverbs 12:20).
After having survived the world’s greatest catastrophe, the Bible says Noah planted a vineyard and got drunk. Because alcohol causes a state of euphoria, he got naked and started jumping around. The great servant of God had made a serious mistake. In addition, he had ridiculed himself in front of his family. The first one to see him was Ham, who watched his father in an unfortunate situation. However, his brothers reacted much more discreetly and didn’t dare to look at their father. They went near him, covered him and waited for the embarrassing moment to pass. When Noah recovered from his drunkenness, he was very embarrassed and didn’t like the way Ham had handled the situation. The old patriarch thanked his other sons for the wise way in which they had acted when they realized his error and condemned Ham’s reaction (see Genesis 9:18-28).
Parents are human and make mistakes also. It’s likely that more than once you’ve seen their «nakedness,» that is, their weak points or their worst faces. They might be admired Christians in church, but you’ve seen them get mad at each other at home, argue with one of your siblings or utter an unfortunate word here and there. Or you might have seen something worse. Something that’s led you to be disappointed in theme
How do you react when you see your parents make mistakes? Or did you think they weren’t human? If you’ve found out something embarrassing about your parents, why tell others? Likewise, if you’ve been raised in the church, it’s likely you’ve seen the «nakedness»of some of the leaders of God’s people. How do you react when that happens? Do you laugh and tell others, assuring them that the church is full of hypocrites or do you react discreetly?
Shem and Japheth were discreet with their father’s mistakes. They didn’t make a scandal or laugh at him. Why do so if you’re dealing with a serious sin? I assure you God will no doubt act on it. David and Bathsheba’s sin became a public scandal; David suffered the consequences both within his family and outside. God didn’t leave him unpunished.
I want to encourage you today to make your ‘relationship with your parents one of true friendship to edify their lives,