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Instructing our children God's way

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Our daily habits and routines can often seem like they’re set in stone. In fact, on most occasions we plan everything else around those routines. Those of us with children would certainly agree that much of our schedule centers on them. That being said, how often do we audit our daily habits and routines to see if they are efficient and productive…even healthy? More importantly, to what degree do we align our routines with Scripture, especially where our children are concerned?

In the Bible, one of the first things we are instructed about our children is to teach them God’s instructions. The sixth chapter of Deuteronomy discusses how we are to commit ourselves wholeheartedly to follow all of God’s command—His laws, statutes, regulations and precepts. Further, verse 7 teaches us “Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.” Even Joshua 1:8 says “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”

These passages provide us a clear picture of making God’s word central to our daily routine. Considering this in our modern-day schedules, we might discuss Scripture with our families during breakfast, while we drive our children to school or to the store, during or after the evening meal, while doing chores, as a lesson before bed, etc. Additionally, when our children hear God’s instructions on a constant basis—seeing them demonstrated in our own lives—it sets the example for how they should be living. It solidifies God’s standard of holiness and should ultimately reflect in what they think, say and do. On the whole, it makes the study (and hopefully the application) of God’s word a regular part of their own routines.

Again, an audit of our daily routines should give us an honest evaluation of whether all we discuss with our children are sports, hobbies, school, jobs, entertainment, relationships, etc., or whether God’s word is also a key part of those interactions. After all, while our children are in their mental, emotional, physical, and yes, spiritual stages of development, should we not do our very best to ensure their foundation is being established with solid truth—God’s truth? Don’t all parents want their children to have something reliable to build on as they grow…as they pursue their careers…as they make friends choose their spouses…as they raise their own children?

In keeping with the instruction in Deuteronomy 6, we need to honestly ask ourselves if our children are hearing God’s word repeatedly from our own mouths and seeing it lived out in our daily routines, or whether they are building their foundation from what their peers, books, movies, the radio and television are teaching them.

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