"I, your servant, have feared the Lord from my youth." 1 Kings 18:12
Those words were spoken by Obadiah. We don't know much about him except that he was a steward in King Ahab's court. We also don't know anything about his family or how he was raised. What we do is know that he loved the Lord since he was a child.
As a Christian mother I have a deep desire for my children to trust and love God early in life, don't you? Obadiah lived at the court of one of the most heinous and terrifying Kings in the Old Testament and yet his faith remained intact and strong.
Someone took the time to teach and train him about the things of God.
If you are a parent to young children I want to encourage you to not grow weary of teaching and training your children in the things of God. Don't wait until your kids are older to teach them about their need for Christ.
We should be praying daily that the Lord would grab a hold of our children's hearts at a young age. In the mean time we are called to train them in righteousness (Pro. 22:6; Deut. 6:7), always pointing them to the Christ and his work on the cross on their behalf because that is their hope and their salvation.
Here are a few benefits of training our children in holiness.
1. Spared 100's of regrets
Many parents hope their kids don't make the same mistakes they did. While we cannot guarantee that this will happen, teaching our children God's word and godly way for living can help spare them the pain and regrets of sins that many of us committed in our youth. But teaching is not enough. They need to see that we truly believe and follow what we are teaching them.
[Read the rest of the article at For the Family.]