Not a Theory
The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure to have children who are wise.
It isn’t magical or lucky to have wise children. There is only one way to get wisdom: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10) So, children who honor God and know Jesus will be different than other children.
Last night at church, Pastor Dean was sharing about how the Holy Spirit is required to explain Spiritual truths (See 1 Corinthians 2:13). That’s why our unsaved friends don’t understand what we’re talking about. He gave a personal example of how he remembers the Bible making no sense to him before he became a Believer at 30 years old. It is wonderful that the Holy Spirit lives in us and begins to teach and explain God’s Word to us the moment we believe, and what used to make no sense to him began making perfect sense. I think it’s additionally wonderful that there is no age requirement to this phenomena.
My personal experience is that the Bible has always made sense to me, because my experience is also that I became a Believer at the very young age of four. My parents taught us about Jesus, and I became a Believer of my own volition not out of culture or tradition. And the proof is that the things in the Bible never sounded like nonsense to me. Furthermore, as a child, I was able to bring my parents joy just like this proverb expresses. When people (of any age) voluntarily live to please Jesus, it affects all of their relationships.
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. (Colossians 3:23)
There is only one way to gain wisdom. Therefore, it would be counterproductive for parents not to teach their children about God and his love, goodness, forgiveness, and grace. Children who know Jesus are wise and their parents are happy. This is not a theory. It was true for me growing up, it is true for my family now, and it will be true for our kids’ families too!
This study this morning is not personal boasting but boasting about how your Word does exactly what it says, and I am so thankful! It is absolutely the best thing to know you from the earliest age possible, to be discipled, loved, and encouraged in the faith, and to experience a relationship with Jesus. Thank you that your promises are true and your plan for families is pleasant. I love you and thank you and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.