Please note that this is not a promise made to parents in exchange for honoring their children. No! This is a promise made to children for honoring their parents. The promise is that, “it may go well with you, and your days long upon the land.”
The reason is because the parents are a generation ahead of their children where the art/business of living is concerned. The reason should be clear to everyone, and not so long ago it was clear, but not today. Today children may know more about computers and cell phones, but no longer seem to know that there is more to life than Facebook and computer games – things like authentic face to face relationships, for instance.
This generational head start applies over the course of an entire lifetime. It’s even better than GPS. :-)
In fairness to the children, it seems that they get wounded by parental dysfunction at an earlier and earlier age, and so are predisposed to avoid real relationships, because that’s where they have been wounded time and time again. To enter the kingdom of God we must enter as a child prior to their wounding, prior to their knowledge of good and evil.
P.S. I want to encourage you I connection with the most important book on this subject of parenting that I have ever read – “Hold On To Your Kids: Why Parents Need To Matter More Than Peers.”
http://www.amazon.com/Hold-On-Your-Kids-Parents/dp/0375760288/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1335996483&sr=1-1 – Hold On To Your Kids
For continued reading on this subject, see Kingdom Authority Works By Honor