We started going through Parenting with Wisdom again. Love it. Challenged by it. Hopeful because of God’s Word.
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. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
What’s really important? If you were to ask a typical Bible-saturated person “THE” child rearing passage, he will take you to Deuteronomy 6, right? Teach the Bible diligently when you’re sitting down, standing up, eating, and so on. Fantastic. But how many times have I been overwhelmed and discouraged because I started with verse seven and not verse five?
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
I’m amazed how God uses my children to sanctify me. I see my own struggles mirrored in their own. I praise God that he uses my children to point out areas in my life that I am unaware need changing. How good is God! This is why I need to love God first, to fill my life with Scripture first. I need to be memorizing Scripture, meditating on it, making it a priority. I want to be so saturated with Scripture that I think God’s thoughts without even knowing it. And since my actions are always consistent with what I believe, I need God’s grace not to just say it’s important (being a hearer of God’s Word), but I need to act on what I know is true and passionately read and apply it.
I can do that today! I may not know how to stop the whining, how to respond to an ultra precise child, how to teach an unsaved child to obey Scripture that biblically he is unable to act on. But I can love God today and let tomorrow take care of itself. God promises to direct my paths when I acknowledge him in all my ways. I can do that, by His grace, today.