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God’s Word: A guidebook for family and children

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2016 | Joseph Parker | Family

“Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, and give attention and gain understanding. For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law. When I was my father’s son, tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, he also taught me and said to me: ‘Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands and live.’” --Proverbs 4:1-4

Here in Proverbs we see an important scene unfold. A son recalls one instance, probably one of many, where his father sat down and talked to him about life. He remembered his father's words about the importance of gaining wisdom and understanding in life. How critical and powerful this scene is! What a blessing it must have been to this man to have had this experience! A man took time to share wisdom and insight with his son about life.

The need for this was important then, and it’s important now. A wise man -- a wise father, a wise parent -- will resolve to regularly turn off the television, or radio, or game system, or cell phone, or whatever weapon of mass distraction, and he will take time to talk with his children about the wisdom found in God’s Word. And he will talk to his children about how to apply that wisdom in different areas of their lives.

One of the many crucial lessons found in the book of Proverbs is namely this: Parents need to take time to teach their children about the Word of God. Parents need to take time to train their children to listen to the Word of God and to follow the wisdom found there. We parents need to help our children learn that the Bible is not just a big, mysterious book that preachers pull sermons out of and that Sunday school teachers teach from. We as parents need to guide our children in learning that the Bible – the Word of God -- is a guidebook for all of life.

Topics to be taught, discussed, and considered are so many. Among them:

  • the importance of fearing God
  • the importance of pursuing wisdom
  • the importance of avoiding sexual temptation
  • the importance of working hard
  • the importance of having a good name
  • being careful in selecting the people with whom you associate
  • how to handle money wisely
  • the importance of developing your skill
  • avoiding drunkenness and drugs
  • choosing your spouse

And the list could go on and on and on.

The times and circumstances have changed since the Bible's authorship, yet the issues remain basically the same; parents today need to discuss these same topics with their children. The book of Proverbs alone is a great textbook for parents in teaching children about key issues and concerns in life.

Dads, moms – let’s take the time, let’s make the time to help our children get in the Word of God. Let’s take the time to have them read to us from the Word of God. And then let’s take the time to discuss with them the issues and matters about which they’ve read. Let’s help them get into God’s Word daily and to learn to walk in the wisdom the Word of God teaches.

“Your Word is a Lamp to my feet, and a Light to my path.” --Psalm 119:105

Finally, here are 11 excellent reasons you should read the Word of God every day:

  1. It tells you how to be genuinely saved and how to grow up in your faith. (John 3:16; Psalm 119:105; Romans 12:1, 2; Philippians 4:6,7)
  2. It gives you clear guidance and direction for much of your life. (Psalm 119:105)
  3. It empowers your prayer life. (Philippians 4:6,7)
  4. It sharpens your ability to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit more and more clearly in your life. (I Corinthians 1:5)
  5. It ministers to your mind, body, and spirit. (Proverbs 4:20-22)
  6. It helps you maintain your mental health (according to Dr. Paul Meier). (Proverbs 4)
  7. It increases the anointing on every area of your life. (I Corinthians 1:5)
  8. It increases wisdom in every area of your life. (Proverbs 1-4)
  9. It enhances your intellect and your personality. It can literally increase your I.Q. (I Corinthians 1:5)
  10. It pours grace, joy, and peace into your spirit, your mind, and your life. (II Corinthians 1:2; I Timothy 1:2; II Timothy 1:2; Galatians 5:22)
  11. In direct statement or in principle, it gives you guidance and/or direction about every issue or topic in life. (Psalm 119:105)