Daily Devotional: Psalms 78:1-8
O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old — what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. They would not be like their forefathers — a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.
2 Tim 1:5-6
I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
It is the God-given responsibility of parents to teach their children about God and about Jesus Christ. This is an ongoing education that begins when the child is born and is continued for long as they live at home. It must be a daily task and is to be incorporated into every conversation, instruction, explanation and decision that is made by the parents. Family Bible study is a must to have godly families.
While attending church and Sunday School is good, it will not raise our children to serve the Lord. While the church is God’s idea and therefore it is both good for us and is necessary for the people of God, it does not and cannot raise our children or educate our children to be ready to face the world by itself. Having good, well taught and age-appropriate classes for children can be a tremendous help for parents, but it is not a substitute for teaching them at home.
But teaching also includes limiting what our children are exposed to, both at home and elsewhere. As information technology moves forward, so does the perversion of truth and the teaching of that which is destructive to the hearts and minds of those who absorb it. We must monitor and guard what is both seen and heard.
Heavenly Father, give me wisdom to influence my family for good, even though as a grandparent my time is limited with them. Help me use every opportunity you put in my path to lead others to you and to help those who are struggling to be stronger. Lord, in your providence give us leaders in our government, at every level, that will respect you as God and your Word as authority. Please be merciful to us as a nation. Be with your people so that we can be an influence for good to those around us and lead others to you. I humbly pray in Jesus’ name.