When we stop and think about the volume of truth that is available as well as the amount of untruth that is available it is truly incredible.
We have a responsibility to lead our children into truth, helping them to discern the differences between truth and the untruth. As parents we are specifically called to that role.
1 Samuel 2:1-21 – This is Hannah’s prayer of triumph after Samuel was born. Hannah was out of Samuel’s life for the most part. She left him with Eli and he was on his own. Somehow Samuel was sure that his mother knew and loved the Lord – she had instilled in him a love for truth and discernment for the things of God.
As Samuel ministered at the temple, his mother undoubtedly lead him with her tears and her sacrifice. The robe that she brought him each year was a gift of sacrifice.
“How will my children understand the importance of coming to church if I don’t come when it is somewhat inconvenient.”
God calls us as parents to lead by example, by sacrificial commitment.
Respect Truth and Consequences – Don’t Shield Your Children From the Truth
1 Samuel 2:22-36
Eli’s sons were corrupting the temple. We don’t have a record of Eli going to his sons and warning them about the judgement that was going to come on them if they continued in their ways… but it is very likely that he gave them a stern rebuke and then stood back and let them go their way.
Eli probably could have done better in warning and training his sons. Eli’s lack of response, coupled with his son’s wickedness caused Israel a lot of problems.
Are we teaching our children about consequences?
Ephesians tells us that “children need to obey their parents.” It would be nice if we could just show our children those verses and they would just “get it,” but it takes time and effort to train them in the way they should go.
The Power of Discipline to Achieve Purpose
Jeremiah 35:1-18 – The Rechabites turned down the offer of wine because of what their fathers had taught them. It had been many years since they had heard the teaching but they still held to what they had been taught.
Purpose is a very powerful motivator, but good purpose is an even better motivator.
Ephesians 4:28 – What if we taught our children that they might should save their money so that they can help those in need when the opportunity arises.
Luke 12:21-34 – God knows what we need and he will supply it if we trust him.
We need to teach our children that their lives will not be greater than their purpose. What do our children see as the underlying purpose in our lives? Do we have a purpose?
God bless us with wisdom as we give discernment to our children and those we are examples to.