It would be nice to leave them a few riches in material goods, but I don’t know how much of that is going to happen. But much more important than that, I want to leave them riches in Christ. I want to leave them a godly legacy.
I sure wish I did better at following the commandments of these verses. Unfortunately, I think I utter a lot more things that what these verses tell me to utter.
I would first of all emphasize:
- It is God who made a permanent law with Israel, His children, and He commanded them to make them known to their descendants
- He commanded them to teach their children so they in turn could tell their children so they too could know them and in turn tell their children
- When they listen, they will trust and hope in God and not forget His great works, but will keep His commandments
As we pass these things on continually we can pray that our children will listen and take them to heart. We can pray that they will not be as the generation that was stubborn and rebellious, hard hearted and unsettled, unfaithful and uncommitted to the one and only true God who loved them and gave Himself for them.
Are you uttering dark sayings of old? Why not ask the Lord to help you start today, repeating over and over the wondrous works of God. As we praise Him and live out our faith before our children they will realize that it is God alone who satisfies our longing souls and fills our souls with goodness.
Psalms 107:8-9 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
Listen to this quote from a parenting book (aff. link) I’m reading, a book that would be great to add to your library or give as a gift to a new parent or any parent. 🙂
We parents do well when we persistently teach theology to the little ones God has entrusted to us. Tether every command, demand, order, instruction, encouragement, and lesson to God’s Word, not you. Work with God, not against Him. (Friel, Todd. Reset for Parents: How to Keep Your Kids from Backsliding (Kindle Locations 675-677). New Leaf Press. Kindle Edition) – AFF LINK