You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. (Deuteronomy 6:7)
One of the greatest treasures in this life, perhaps the greatest, is our children. Yes, they can be a handful and as they grow older they can break our heart. Still, they are one of the ways that God blesses us and, at the same time, teaches us very important principles. If we’re really paying attention, we will find that these principles are about our relationship with our Heavenly Father, His interaction with us and how we can be a blessing — and a source of heartache — to Him.
With this in mind, we should take careful note of the instruction to diligently teach our children. That is to say we are to be steadfast, earnest and energetic when it comes to teaching our children the ways of God. That is, no doubt, why Moses gets very specific about what it means to teach the younger generation about what is right and what is wrong whether we’re sitting at home or walking down the street. We must teach them when we get up in the morning and when we go to bed at night. In other words, it’s around the clock and with every opportunity that presents itself. Here’s why it is so important to be diligent in this matter: if we don’t teach them, someone else will and that someone else may not be teaching them the right things.
After decades of studying the Bible I have concluded that, from start to finish, the Scripture essentially tells the same story over and again. It might be through different writers and involve different people and situations, but the story is the same. In other words, our Heavenly Father is diligent to teach truth to His children around the clock and through different circumstances. As parents and grandparents, it is our responsibility to make certain that the next upcoming generation is adequately prepared to meet the challenges of the last days. So then, let us not abdicate our responsibility and defer to others the duties that have been laid upon our shoulders. For their sake and for the sake of future generations, let us do our part and teach our children and household to “keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice” (Genesis 18:19).
Blessings and Shalom,