In our devotion the other morning we were reading from the book of Deuteronomy. I have read chapter 6 more times than I can tell, but I was struck afresh by verses 4-9. First we are commanded to love God with all our hearts and then verse 7 says: "Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and gates." Wow! Read those words again...they are calling us to intentional and deliberate guidance of our children.
So here is what these verses exhort us to:
- Don't Rely on Others to Guide your Children: This is the task of the parent. It is our responsibility to show our children the way. Don't complain about their Sunday School teacher not doing their job...this is first and foremost our responsibility.
- Lead them by Example: Don't tell your children one thing and do another. This passage exhorts us as parents to love God and put Him first in our own lives. Some parents want godly kids, but they don't discipline themselves in the things of God. If you want your kids to read God's Word and live by it, then lead the way.
- It's twenty four seven: This is not a Sunday event. Read what it says: Impress these teachings on your children, when you go for walks, talk to them about God—show them God's beautiful creation, remind them that He made everything. Teach them to appreciate beauty by appreciating all of God's handiwork. Talk to them about respecting others and show them how that is done. When you put them to bed at night, remind them of God's goodness, and when they rise in the morning, remind them of His faithfulness.
- Don't be Ashamed of Your Faith: Let your faith be public...this is not a private affair. You are exhorted to "write them on the doorframes of your houses and gates." In other words, your faith should be lived out loud. Teach your children to live their faith out before their friends. They should never be shy about sharing Jesus with others.
My prayer today is that we will build strong, godly, healthy families. Strong families are the health of any nation. May you lead and guide your family in the ways of our God.
Have a beautiful week my friend and enjoy every moment of the day with your God.
I am and always will be,
recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,