Deuteronomy 6:5-9 Impress Them on Your Children
5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
How do you feel you are doing teaching your children God’s commandments? Are you doing great or, like me, are you struggling with this?
I am called to teach my children God’s commandments. And not just when they are doing wrong (“Remember God said that you need to obey your parents!”). These commandments need to be intricately weaved into our everyday lives. Speaking praises, praying scripture, and applying Biblical truths should be the normal in our home not a rarity.
What are some ways that you can weave talk of God’s commandments into your everyday life (If you need some ideas please check out my post Saturate Your Life)?
Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible
“God’s testimonies must be taught to our children, and the utmost diligence must be used to make them understand them. This is a most difficult task; and it requires much patience, much prudence, much judgment, and much piety in the parents, to enable them to do this good, this most important work, in the best and most effectual manner.”
God give me the patience, prudence, judgment, and piety that is required to teach my children diligently and in a manner that they can understand.
Are you making sure your kids are actually understanding the commandments and Biblical lessons you are trying to teach them?
Remember to teach to their level. Encourage them to repeat back the lessons in their own words so that you will be able to discern how much they really understand?
“Thou shalt begin and end the day with God, and thus religion will be the great business of thy life. O how good are these sayings, but how little regarded!”
I need to show my children that God is the center of our lives by making time first thing in the morning and at the end of each night to praise Him.
Even if you are doing a great job of making time for God in the morning and evening (throughout the day) are your kids seeing you do it?
Are you encouraging your kids to start and end the day with the Lord?
Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
“Care and diligence are to be used, and pains taken, to instruct children, as soon as they are capable, in the knowledge of God, and of his commandments; that they are to love him, fear him, serve, and worship him; this is to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,”
Though my children are young I cannot be lax about teaching them God’s commands and leading them to the knowledge of our Lord and Savior. I must instill a desire to love, fear, serve, and worship our Lord now so that it is ingrained in their very being.
Do you feel like your children are too young to understand and learn God’s commands? Are you guilty of thinking it will be easier to teach them when they are older?
Remember you are shaping them everyday. These early years are so important and not a time to dismiss the importance of God.
“by frequent repetition of things, by inculcating them continually into their minds, endeavouring to imprint them there, that they may be sharp, ready, and expert in them:”
How do I instill these qualities in my children? By frequent repetition! Makes sense since my daughter has to be told repeatedly before she does or learns anything. 🙂
Do you repeatedly have to demonstrate how to make a bed or spend hours practicing math facts with your child? In contrast, how much time do you put into teaching your child God’s Word?
Why do we think that learning to love God and live a Godly lifestyle should require less time and effort than teaching reading, math, and life skills?
“and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house; at the time of meals, or at leisure hours, or even when employed in any business in the house which will admit of it; every opportunity should be taken to instil the knowledge of divine things into their tender minds:”
Even if we make a point to do a nightly devotion reading and prayer it is not enough. We should be talking about God’s testimonies continually. I love how it is put here, “every opportunity should be taken to instill the knowledge of divine things into their tender minds.”!
Are you looking for little moments (I call them God moments) throughout your day to teach your child Biblical lessons and character development?
“occasion may be taken on sight of any of the works of creation to lead into a discourse concerning God, his nature, perfections, and works, and the obligations his creatures lie under to love, fear, and serve him:”
I need to look for opportunities that naturally led towards discussions of God’s nature, perfections and works and our call to love, fear, and serve Him.
Ask God to provide these moments, help you see them when they happen, and make you ready to use them to train your child in the way God wants him to go.
Lord, let talk of Your greatness rest on my lips continually so that my children may see that I desire to do Your will. Make me aware of opportunities to teach my children about You and Your will.