Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)
God has given us great counsel when it comes to raising our children. We are told to “train” our children in the way they should go, and as a result, when they get older they will not depart from it. We are told within the Book of Proverbs, there are just two “ways” a child can go—the way of the wise and righteous, or the way of the fool and wicked.
So what is our responsibility according to God’s Word with respect to raising our children? God has clearly taught us we are to be teaching the “Word” to our children, because it is His truth to guide them.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NKJV)
I think most of us desire to have our kids love us or even be our friends, but if we are to love them in the way God loves us, we will do what is best for them. Doing what is best requires our teaching them about who God is and what His Word teaches us. Only through God’s Word will our children be prepared to properly face their future. In addition to teaching them about God’s Word, we are to be learning and abiding in His Word as well. It is the best example of our true belief, and it comes with a guaranteed reward to our children and us.
Observe and obey all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God. Deuteronomy 12:28 (NKJV)
As parents we need to guard ourselves from allowing the Internet from becoming our children’s caretaker. We need to be aware of what they are doing at “ALL” times, because it doesn’t take long for the devil and his emissaries to plant defiling seeds within a once innocent mind. We need to take the time to invest into our children while they are still young enough to be influenced to make good decisions.
The mind of a child is fertile ground and the enemy is constantly hydro seeding his filth and lies. Satan’s plan is simple, it is to kill, steal and destroy, but Jesus has come so we might have life, and life more abundantly (John 10:10). So we would be blessed to seek God’s Word and to invest into the most valuable resource available — one leading to life.
I want to encourage you today — Train your children in the ways of the Lord — the ways leading to eternal life. You owe it to them. Besides, God blessed you with them, so what better way to show God how grateful you are for this treasure, than to seek Him for His help in raising them.
STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures in this devotional what should we teach our Children? What benefit will it have on their life, as well as the lives of their descendents?
PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to seek the Lord in every aspect of raising your child? Are you willing to teach them the Word of God as the most important thing they could ever learn?
PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Take time to invest into your children and grandchildren, and to read the Word of God with them. You are planting seeds of truth, and you are showing them how much you love them. This is an act of love, and it will impact these children, because God’s Word doesn’t come back void.
PRAYER: Father, thank You for the gift of our children. Thank You for guiding us to lead them in Your ways. Allow us to spend time with our grandchildren in the same way. I ask for You to continue to open our children’s eyes to Your will and to Your words, so these things will be evident to them as a blessing. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…
Be Blessed, Pastor Scott