Raising Children to Use “God’s Lamp” must start When they are very little.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 110:105
Do you believe that verse? Do you truly think that God’s Word will guide you through any experience you encounter? Do you know that it brings guidance and direction to your life?
I’m guessing that a lot of you would respond to those questions with a resounding YES! You know how important God’s Instructions and Promises are because you most likely have experienced their credibility in your own life.
But how do you go about passing that respect and desire for God’s Word down to your kids?
There is no magic formula, but here’s what I know:
- You’ve got to start early. I mean, when your kids are really really small. You may not think they are comprehending that verse you are whispering in their ears or listening when you read the Bible at bedtime. But God’s Word is never wasted and even those seemingly insignificant moments are tiny building blocks in your child’s heart.
- You can’t let up. It’s way too easy to get lazy and let the family devotions slide, or start skipping the bedtime prayers because you’re too tired or the kids are up too late. You wouldn’t forget to feed your child food everyday would you, even if you were super busy? Well, feeding your child’s soul is just as important, even if you think he’s not understanding or taking in what you’re saying. Let God worry about that; it’s His Word and He promised it would never be wasted.
- They’ve got to see that God’s Word is truly “lighting your path”. When you choose to act a certain way in front of your kids; use it as a teachable moment and point to Scripture as the reason why you are doing what you are doing. I’m not suggesting that you go around quoting Scripture all day, but when you do have moments to truly speak into your kids; use it as an opportunity to relate the circumstance to God’s Word. If they see that the Bible is relevant in your life, they will be more likely to make it relevant in theirs.
- Encourage them to memorize Bible verses. My parents did this with me and we did it with our kids, although I think we probably should have done it more. But God’s Word is powerful and if your kids build up that arsenal of spiritual tools in their heart, I guarantee you that it will be used in battle at some point in the future. I memorized verses as a child and I’m sure I didn’t fully understand some of them at the time; but those same verses have come back to my mind as an adult and now I do understand what they mean. More importantly, they are weapons against discouragement, anger, and a host of other struggles I’ve faced.
Your children have got to see that God’s Word is not just a big, heavy book with long words that you pull out for special readings. It is a powerful and relevant book with tons of practical information to guide you through your day and promises to keep you pushing on through the hard stuff. How you live those words out will determine whether or not your kids use God’s Lamp to light their paths too.
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