Imagine an evening in ancient Israel. The day’s work is done, the meal is finished, and the family is gathered around a small fire that pushes away the night chill and casts a soft glow on their faces. It’s story time.
Father and grandfather take turns relating to the children the “praises of the Lord” (Ps. 78:4). They tell of Abraham’s journey. They speak of Isaac. Their voices come alive when they tell about old Jacob. They remember Moses and Joshua and Elijah and the great King David. They recount the history of their own family. And all the time they focus their attention on the mighty works of God in behalf of His people.
That’s the way Jewish men fulfilled their responsibility to tell the next generation about the Lord. They had been told by their parents, who had been told by their parents.
Our children need to know about God. They need to learn from us about His love, His faithfulness, and His grace. They need to hear from us about the times He stepped into our lives to protect and provide.
So gather up your sons and daughters and grandchildren. Relate to them how God has worked in your life. Fulfill your responsibility, and tell the children.
Take time today to tell your children or grandchildren how you came to know Christ as your personal Savior. Tell them how God has answered a specific prayer.
A godly parent is a child's best guide to God.