In I Chronicles 28:20 we read what David said to his son Solomon, "And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.” As a world view, post-modernism is skeptical of historical, sweeping, or traditional truth. It says truth is defined by social and historical contexts. Therefore, what was true yesterday may no longer be true today.
Christians can be infected by post-modernism without realizing it. They can become skeptical of the Bible as a source of eternal truth. They can question whether one set of values, morals, and doctrines can be the same for every generation. Moses, when instructing parents about raising their children, took no such view. The instructions contained in God's covenant were to be permanently incorporated into the lives of families in Israel – generation after generation.
As you prepare your children and grandchildren for living in changing times, make sure they build their lives on what never changes. Times may change, but God never changes, Malachi 3:6. God's Word never changes, 1 Peter 1:23, “…by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.” And from I John 2:17, His will remains the same, “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.”
Deuteronomy 6:1-9 is the Bible's premier passage on parenting. It tells us we should:
(1) Love the Lord our God with all our hearts; verses 4-6
(2) Study His Word constantly; verse 7
(3) Teach our children diligently when we sit at home, walk down the street, go to bed at night, and get up in the morning (verses 5-7). Parenting can be synonymous with mentoring, and parents should provide their youngsters' first experience with discipleship.
Our greatest obligation as parents is to share God's Word naturally with our children every day. When we fill ourselves with Scripture, our children get the overflow, and the effects can be lifelong and eternally lasting.
Another great obligation is for a man to take his whole family to church: Dr. R.G. Lee wrote
BECAUSE he is to command his children after him and be a spiritual leader for his household;
BECAUSE of the influence for righteousness attendance at God's house will have upon the family;
BECAUSE of the sweetening of homelife which will result from the influence bestowed at the church;
BECAUSE the preached Word will cause members of the household to know the plan of salvation;
BECAUSE others are inspired to greater Christian living by the presence of whole families being found at church;
BECAUSE God is glorified in such service rendered by whole families who worship, sing, give and listen to the preached Word in God's house;
BECAUSE he should avoid the bad name of not providing for his household in matters spiritual. In I Timothy 5:8 we read "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel."
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