Heart to Heart

What is our vision for our children? Have we laid hold of God’s calling on them and what He requires? God does not measure our success by our children’s completion of Calculus and Physics, but by how strong our children will stand when the storms come. It’s not about them making six figures, but how content they will be with what God gives them. It’s not about planning next year’s vacation destination, but the destiny of their children’s spiritual lives and laying out a course for fulfilling that destiny.

      Where have we come from and where do we wish to take our children? Certainly not along the same path we traveled; yet familiarity feels safe, and the flesh naturally takes the easier, beaten path. For this reason it is imperative that we understand the failure of our own education to prevent us from making the same mistakes with our own children. Removing God from every subject and teaching each in isolation was most certainly a diabolical maneuver to keep us far away from understanding God’s purpose in history and His purpose for us, leaving us spiritually bankrupt. Adding a little Bible each day does little to alter this scheme or the outcome. So what does God really require of us, and what ensures success?

      “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, he will reject you forever” (1 Chronicles 28:9).

      “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night, and he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers” (Psalms 1:1-3).

      Are these the instructions we keep in mind when choosing curriculum and mapping out our journey? And if “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7), do we begin with ABC, 123, intensely laboring over these skills with little regard for God’s plan?

      Our Heavenly Father says, “My son if you will receive my sayings, and treasure my commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the Lord, and discover the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of His godly ones. Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you, to deliver you from the way of evil” (Proverbs 2:1-12). When we place God first, all the rest falls into place.

      “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments and live; Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake, and she will guard you.… Hear my son and accept my sayings, and the years of your life will be many. I have directed you in the way of wisdom, I have led you in upright paths. When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; and if you run, you will not stumble.… My son give attention to my words. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their whole body” (Proverbs 4:1-22).

      In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6). “Continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them; and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:14-17).

      How intent are we in holding fast to these truths? God promises us that if our children diligently seek Him, mediate on His word throughout each day, and acknowledge Him in all their ways, they will be successful and receive eternal life. How clearly laid out for us, yet how far we often stray from the course, allowing other things to take precedence over our most important task, subsequently leading to frustration and futility.

      We know that God’s greatest commandment is to love Him with all our heart, soul and mind, but are we always true to our first love? Does He hold the most important place in our lives – really? Or do we rush through Bible to pursue more important academic endeavors? And do we relate the world around us and stories of prior generations to each other and God’s purpose?

      “For in Him all things were created, both in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16). If we hold His Word to be true that all things were created by Him and for Him, how can we possibly take Him out of everything we study, except of course for the little time devoted to Bible? If, however, we present His scriptures, His story (History), and His world simultaneously, making God the focus in everything, will not our children understand what we did not—that all things work together to fulfill His plan? And will they not possess a deep reverence for their majestic Father as His mighty power, infinite wisdom, absolute authority, glorious holiness, and the vastness of His magnificent handiwork is revealed in all they learn? Oh, that our children may see the whole picture and truly understand that our God is God over all! ©