Bringing up our Children in the Nurture and
Admonition of the Lord
The neatly stacked
cardboard boxes seemed safely stored in the corner of the basement. In
an unseen trickle of water seeping from a cracked cinder block was
and mildew damage to the bottom side of the boxes and their content.
problem was finally discovered, all was ruined and had to be discarded.
house was designed during World War II by a woman with limited knowledge
funds. Though she did the best she knew how, her best did not hold up
the test of time.
How are we
building the lives God has entrusted to us? We do the best we know
realizing how limited our knowledge and resources really are. Then as
passes, due to faulty building material, there is undetected seepage,
out the very lives we have so carefully built. Psalm 127:1a says,
Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.”
God is the
architect, we are the laborers. He lists and provides the highest
building materials, and it is our duty to use them. Many times, because
ignorance, we use second rate supplies. For a while it all looks good,
time goes on, we notice things are not working as smoothly as they once
more time passes, our seemingly wonderful homes fall apart around us.
only ask, “How did this happen?”
Unless there is a
conscious effort to seek out the ways of the Lord, we automatically pick
Satan’s deceitful materials and build with them. Why would any one of
seek God’s plan and supplies? One possible reason could be we do not
confidence in God’s ways. Hosea 14:9 tells us the ways of the LORD are
and in Isaiah 45:19, the Lord tells us, “…I the Lord speak
declare things that are right.” God’s ways should be sought out first
reason could be we do not truly fear the Lord. The fear of the Lord is
beginning of wisdom. A healthy fear of the Lord causes us to seek his
make the changes in our lives according to His Word. (Psalm 55:19-
have no changes, therefore they fear not God.) When God sees us making
in our lifestyle in order to obey HIS ways then God knows we truly fear
When he sees our heart of obedience he gives more wisdom, in other
gives more building supplies. Just as a builder would carefully read
the plan of a master architect and do exactly as written out, so we must
diligent to study and follow God’s master plan. Always remember it takes
to obey—and without faith it is impossible to please God. If we are
our Heavenly Father by subjecting ourselves to his will, not only does
more wisdom, but he is also open eared to our prayer. Answered prayer
essential in raising Godly children. But obedience to God’s Word is the
answered prayer. “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask
ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 25:7) Another sobering
found in Hoses 3:6, where God is speaking to his people, “…Seeing thou
forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” If we
to work in the hearts of our children it is imperative that we allow God
in our hearts.
We are builders.
Builders of the precious lives God has placed in our care. The reason
our labor is to build lives that are able to stand on their own with
DESIRE TO DO RIGHT. Unless a child knows God, and WANTS to obey him,
careful training is in vain. Each one of us needs to ask ourselves:
How am I
building? Do I have confidence in God’s building materials, or am I
faulty supplies with His. Then, am I making the changes in my heart and
the Lord asks of me? Remember, God’s building supplies are of the
quality and will stand through eons of time. Why use anything else?
Susan Queen lives
in Batesville , Arkansas , with her husband Paul. Together they have
full time Christian service for the past twenty-eight years. Currently
working at Batesville Christian School , a ministry of White Drive
Church. Paul is the administrator and this year Susan will be teaching
and third graders. By the Grace of God they have raised three children
seeking the Lord’s will for their lives.
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