Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the knowledge that Neal and I are responsible for the three precious souls with which God has blessed us. Their physical care, their emotional well-being, and their spiritual training are daily being molded by our guidance and example. Even after 20 years of parenting, I still shake my head with the sheer import of that truth. But really, I think there is one significant thing that our children must know, must believe, must do in order to be set for life and for eternal life. They must always turn to the Word of God. No matter where my children end up or what circumstances they find themselves facing, I pray their knee-jerk reaction will be to open the Bible. Here are a few reasons why I think dependence on the Bible is the most important thing to instill in our children:
- The Bible, and only the Bible, gives them the plan of salvation. It ultimately doesn’t matter what any professor, religious leader, parent or grandparent says…God is the only One who does the saving and so He is the only One who gets to tell us how that happens. And He has done that for us in His Word (Mark 16:16). The Bible teaches our children how to have a relationship with God, how to pray, how to be a genuine Christian (Matt. 7:21).
- The Bible provides answers for their questions. Where did we come from? Why are we here? What is our purpose? Lots of people have lots of interesting ideas about these areas, but our Creator knows us better than we know ourselves (Psalm 33:13-15). Any who seek answers to life’s questions will be satisfied if they turn to the Bible (2 Peter 1:3).
- The Bible helps them weather the storms. My children may one day face job loss, health problems, disappointments, powerful temptations, painful experiences, or marital strife. They will probably receive advice from well-meaning friends and loved ones or professionals, but only the Bible will enable them to survive. It will comfort them when distraught (Psalm 119:107), arm them for spiritual battle (Eph. 6:10ff), and help them remain faithful till death (Heb. 10:23).
- The Bible determines what is right and what is wrong. Doesn’t that seem like an especially huge deal right now with social media, news anchors, outspoken celebrities and politicians all telling us what to believe and what to accept? Many people are embracing their feelings as their guide instead of what’s right and logical. If our children hear such convincing messages often enough from multiple avenues, they might question how so many could be so wrong. The Bible will warn our children about that (Matt. 7:13,14). If our children know to turn a deaf ear to the world and listen only to God, they will be able to discern the difference between Satan’s lies and God’s Truth (John 8:31,32).
Truly, there are many other reasons why it is so important for our children to feel dependent on the Bible. Job success, physical health, and becoming an upstanding citizen are all good and important. But the single most important thing I desire for my children is that they go to Heaven. How can we teach them to rely on the Bible? They must see us always turning to God’s Word in every situation. They must hear us answer their questions with, “Let’s see what the Bible says about that.” They must experience for themselves the genuine faith that comes from daily Bible study (Rom. 10:17). And after it’s all said and done, and they face Christ on their own, they will be judged by His Word.
“He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).
Prayer for Today: Lord, I beg You, help me instill complete trust in Your Word in the hearts of my children.
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