Instilling Biblical Truths in Our Sons
In our day and age we see men who in all reality are far from being actual men. We see instead an image of a childish nature, not the biblical idea of a man. These 20-25 year olds wander about having fun, partying, spending money, and wasting their Biblical truths time on video games.
When you picture a “MAN” in your mind, does something like the above description come to mind? Or do you see a strong, well rounded, intelligent man with great state of mind and integrity? I see the latter and that is how I would like to envision my sons as.
To create an intelligent, God fearing, ambitious man who will love his wife and family, we need to instill God’s Biblical truths into our sons. Sure we bring them to church with us and they go to youth group occasionally, but there needs to be more.
In Psalms 78:6-8 it says: “For He [The Lord] established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should teach them to their children, That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, That they may arise and tell them to their children, That they should put their confidence in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments, And not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not prepare its heart, And whose spirit was not faithful to God.”
As parents in the 21st Century we must set the examples for our children. WE must lead and WE must teach the commandments of God and so pass on the torch to our children that they may carry it into the dark and unforeseen future of our nation.
But how can we teach it to our children by just going to church once a week? Attending church is good but our children need to hear from us, their guardians, their role models, their teachers. We must take it upon ourselves to “Train up [our] children in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
A good way to start is by having evening and morning devotions as a family. Read through a book in the Bible and pray during breakfast or before bed. Or choose a devotional book to read through. There are so many resources to get you started. There are books by James Dobson, John Piper, Max Lucado and more. Go to Christianbook.com to see thousands of great selections. If you think you don’t have time to have family devotions then you need to make time. Adjust your schedule and keep in mind while doing so that you are doing it for your children’s future and for the glory of God.