Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Sitting on a park bench with my husband with our dog Mickey, we observed many people walking about the beach area. A great majority were men with their children, playing on the sand. Instinctually we could ascertain the children who were deeply loved. But one person really stood out amongst the crowd. It was a young dad with his son. He patiently was trying to teach him how to draw in the wet sand. It was beautiful to watch, especially the finished product—which was a cross with Jesus’ name on top of the cross, and a heart! Wow!
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Now that is a child being raised up in the LORD! My husband and I said a prayer for the young man and his child. And got me to thinking how sad for those who aren’t being tooled in the Word or shown how much God loves us all.
Deuteronomy 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
I remember my own youth when I was being schooled in the LORD, and how many questions I had each step of the way. And what I recall was how patient my parents were in answering my barrage of inquiries. It was the first time I ever heard the word “inquisitive” as my dad said, “Camille, you are such an inquisitive young lady, I’m proud of you. Always ask questions.” By the way, for those of you who don’t know me, I can ask questions to the point of ad nauseam!
My mom and dad were amazing individuals. Kind, wise, patient. And they were always teaching us right from wrong (as most parents will do). My dad would always tell me, “Jesus said you will know them by their fruit. Everything you do, it will be noticed by God and others, so be known for your heart.” And that stuck me from a young child and is with me to this very day. It really makes an impact how you are taught, and what you are taught.
Naturally, there are those who come to the LORD later on in life. Which is wonderful! And the important matter here is “coming to the LORD” and accepting Him as LORD and Savior. I was just inherently fortunate to have been raised in the Word and loved the LORD from youth on. But how fortunate for those who find the LORD on their own and realize on their own that our salvation comes from but One Being, Christ.
Where do you stand on the Word and Christ? It’s never too late to find Him, no matter how you were brought up, He’s waiting with open arms.
“Father, thank You for blessing me with loving parents, thank You for bringing me to Your bosom at such a young age, I pray for those who don’t know You, and that they may find You in their valley, and that those in the dark will see Your light, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”