I Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."
There is no other heart as broken as the heart of the parent who has wayward children. And by wayward I don't mean just moving out of the home to be on their own and do as they please. I mean being away from God in either the things that they do or in their rebellion toward their parents.
We need to understand that the devil wants to mess up our lives. If we are saved...he cannot take us to Hell....but he will try to mess up our families. In fact...he knows if he can mess up families that he can get to the church as well. Our churches are only as strong as our families are.
God does not want us to isolate ourselves and try to hide from the devil...because the devil can get to us anyway. Christians should make sure their families are in church hearing God's Word as it is preached. Christian families should be involved in everything that is good...right and godly. Now does this mean instant success in the family....no it doesn't. There are many good families that are involved in all the right good and godly things yet their children have made decision to go wayward from God. We as parents can do all we can do to raise up and train our children as God wants us to but the decisions our children make are their's. They have a will and make their own choices.
If the Word of God is the final authority...we must be in the house of God when the doors are open. The Bible says in Hebrews 10:25 "No forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, is the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." That day is the Second Coming of Christ. Many Christians run their families using their own reasoning. They say "I run my home" or "You listen to me." However if we are Christians...God runs our homes. If we allowed Him to run our homes...we would not have as many problems. When parents and children submit themselves to the Word of God...the problems are minimized. Will they be completely gone? Take it from me...no they won't!! But they will be fewer in number.
My husband and I keep our children in church and do all we can with the Lord's help to raise and train our children according to God's Word but we still have problems with our children. No home is exempt from problems. But trust me...they are fewer in number and severity when you are doing what is right in God's eyes as a parent. These problems hurt the heart of a parent no matter the situation but with Christ and His grace to get us through we are able to make it through.