"Raising children that fear God and know wisdom"
So many times we as parents have a desire to bless our children even when we know that they have not done all that we have asked of them. Although we may get sick and tired of saying the same things over and over again, “clean your room, wash the dishes, do your homework, empty the trash, and cut the grass”, our children become overwhelmed with all the instructions and feel as though there is too much to do and too many rules.
……..asking within themselves “when will I be able to grow up”.
But can you imagine what would happen if God would allow us to live our lives without guidelines or rules or instructions. Where would we be?
The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
God created parents to stand as representations of his authority (in the home), particularly in the eyes of our children….”ye are gods”, representation and equivalent to the creator in the eyes of our children.
We feed them, cloth them, shelter them and protect them, heal their wounds and broken hearts. We make it appear as though their very existence is up to us.
“ I brought you into this world, and I can take you out”
We work and labor to accumulate substance to leave to our descendants after our death, so they can live a free and comfortable life in our absence. But the bible asks a question; who will know whether they will be wise or foolish with the substances of our labor.
Ecclesiastes 4:13: Better is a poor and wise child than a foolish and old king that will no longer be admonished. We must teach our Children wisdom so that they will live lives that are both self fulfilling to them and also pleasing to God, whether they be rich or poor.
What is Wisdom; Wisdom gives life to them that have money, but not righteousness. Wisdom is good with and heritance. Wisdom allows us to know our end.
It is not a wise thing to give our children too much of anything, because they will become lazy and lose ambitious. A child with no desires is a most miserable child. Having too much will destroy the spirit and their creativity.
Ecclesiastes 7:16 Be not righteous over much neither make thyself wise over much; why should thy destroy thy self.
If the child doesn’t get everything they want, he or she will not die. They must be taught that the greatest gift in life is wisdom and wisdom come with age, time and lessons learned through experience and their walk with God.
We can’t protect them from everything; their safety is under the counsel of God. Therefore, we must train our children to seek the counsel of the Lord in all that they do, beginning at the early stages of learning, establishing a pattern of good works and wisdom.
Pray for our Children Amen!