Pause. I know you're busy, so before you read any more, take a breath, still your heart, and just imagine with me.
Imagine a generation of children who love God and who love His Word.
Children, who, like the writer of the Psalms, keeps his way pure by living according to God's Word and who seeks God with all of his heart and doesn't stray from God's commands.
Imagine a generation of kids who have hidden God's Word in their hearts that they might not sin against God. Children who rejoice in following God's Word as one who rejoices in great riches.
Can you imagine a generation who meditate on God's precepts and consider God's ways, who delight in God's decrees and who do not neglect God's Word? (Psalm 119)
Wow! What a generation they would be!
Parents, we can help raise a generation who honors and depends on God's Word! If we want our kids to be that generation, we have to help them become that generation.
Proverbs 6:20-22 impresses on us the importance of God's Word in the life of a child. The writer admonishes us to "Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck."
We must cling fast to God's Word and teach our children to do the same. The result really is astounding:
- When you walk, they will lead you,
- when you lie down, they will watch over you;
- and when you awake, they will talk with you.
Deuteronomy 6 is similar. Eugene Peterson shares verses 6-9 this way:
Write these commandments that I've given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.
More than I want my kids to remember my words, I want them to know and remember God's Word.