“Teach them diligently to your children…” God spoke to the Israelites about how to teach their children his law in every aspect of their lives. When we fail to do that, our children will flounder just as those who followed Joshua’s generation. Joshua and his peers were too busy conquering the promised land to actively teach their children. The result was disobedience to God.
God’s Command to Teach Our Children
When the Israelites crossed the Jordan, they knew the promises of God and began to act on them. Their mistake was failure to actively teach their children what they knew through past experience and relationship with God. They couldn’t plead ignorance because, they had these words to guide them:
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9 NKJV)
I recently spent several weeks writing about a young man named Dylan who successfully navigated a secular high school and stayed strong in his faith. He didn’t get to that place without daily teaching by his parents. In fact, their teaching needed to be the same 24/7 teaching God told the Israelites to do with their children.
Teach about God 24/7
The first step in preparing your children to survive high school with their faith intact is to teach them everything you know about God
- when you sit at the table
- when you drive them to school and practices
- when they are about to go to sleep.
It must become so prevalent that they see their entire lives in the context of God’s love and provision for them.
That is what it means to be a sold out, blazing-hot Christian.
Question: Do you need the tools to equip your children? We will look at some of those next week.