Read: Deuteronomy 11:1-21
Consider: Have you ever wondered why God wanted the people of Israel to share their experiences of him with their children? It would hardly have been so that they just had tales of epic adventures to pass on to the generations that follow them. We get a clear picture of God’s reasoning from today’s passage. In Deuteronomy 11:2 we read: Remember today that your children were not the ones who saw and experienced the discipline of the LORD your God: his majesty, his mighty hand, his outstretched arm … God repeats this in 11:5 where we read: It was not your children who saw what he did for you in the wilderness until you arrived at this place … Later we read: But it was your own eyes that saw all these great things the LORD had done (11:7).
Passing on our knowledge of God is vital as God holds each person accountable for how they respond to him.
Later in Deuteronomy 11, God tells the people of Israel to: Fix these words of mine on your hearts and minds … Teach them to your children … so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the LORD swore to your ancestors (11:18-21). The promised land was not just for those who made the exodus from Egypt, it was to be something the future generations could also enjoy. Unfortunately we know from the Bible record that the generation who saw and experienced God’s mighty deeds in the wilderness, were excluded from the promised land because of their disobedience and rebellion against God. Thus it became vitally important for the Israelites to share their knowledge of God with their children, so that they could make their own decision to follow God and submit to his rule.
Relating this to ourselves, we have a responsibility to share what God has and is doing in our lives with our children. Why? In 1 Timothy 2:3-4 Paul says : It is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. God is not just passionate about your salvation, he is passionate about your children’s salvation as well. One of the most important reasons for sharing our faith with our children is that they can come to see and understand that God is not some abstract cosmic force, but a reality – a God who influences life for good. In an increasingly secular society, where teaching about God is absent, Christians can share their knowledge and experience of God, so that their children understand that what society at large says about God, is not borne out in the lives of their parents.
Pray: Father, help Christian parents to be open with their children about how you have worked in their lives over many years. May our children and their children come to know and trust in you for themselves. Amen