Children of Faith, Part 5

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” That’s was Proverbs 22:6 tells us. Charles Swindoll, in a similar vein, said “Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” It’s absolutely true…

Now, strictly speaking, the Proverbs are more a form of general observation rather than a distinct promise. We all know that there are families in which children are faithfully raised with a knowledge of God, yet they rebel the first opportunity they get. Sad as it is, it happens.

Go back to Cain and Abel, the very first children mentioned in Scripture. I have no doubt that they were raised with a knowledge of God. I can imagine Adam and Eve telling their children all kinds of stories from their own interactions with God. We see how Abel grew up into a fine young man with a reverence for the Lord, coming to Him with a worthy and faithful offering. Cain, on the other hand, went his own way. He rebelled in his offering to the Lord and he murdered his brother, Abel, out of jealousy and shame.

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Cain kills Abel (Gustave Doré)

Sometimes, there are those children who turn away from what they have been taught. It’s true. But if we never tried to reach them in the first place, how many would know the truth? Though some depart, how many would be lost if no one ever tried to share the gospel with them, let alone their parents?

We must teach our children that the Bible is the Word of God, being, it says in 2 Timothy 3:16, “given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” It will reveal to them the wisdom of Salvation (2 Timothy 3:15), equipping them for good works (2 Timothy 3:17), and importantly these days, it will prepare them to give an answer for their faith (1 Peter 3:15) in spite of an onslaught of sinful worldviews and temptations. I cannot underscore how important it is that we establish the truth in our children before time runs out for them!

We, as Christian parents, are failing at doing what we have been tasked to do if we are not training up our children in the way they should go! More and more children are turning away from God because they have questions, and it seems for the most part that the only ones opening their mouth to give them answers is the world out there!

Have you turned the news on lately? Have you seen the papers? Not a day goes by in which we aren’t reading about some terrible attack that just happened or the threat of one we are expecting. I don’t know if you are aware of it, but this type of thing is on the rise. This, my friends, is what the world looks like as strip God from it. For decades now, we have allowed God to be taken – bit by bit – from the world around us. Prayer was taken out of schools. The core family structure has been broken by the weight of social justice. And our babies. Oh, our babies. Did you know that, here in America, we abort nearly 3,600 babies a day!

3,600 a day!

More and more, we hear of child suicide too. Kids see how bad things are, and critically, they aren’t being taught about hope. They run into trouble, or they suffer a loss, and things just can’t seem to get better. For too many, there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel.

sad kid

They don’t know that there is hope.

They don’t know that there is a God who loves them.

They don’t know that there is a Savior who can rescue them.

All they know is darkness, and loss, and hopelessness.

It should break our hearts to know there is one child out there who feels like this, who feels it necessary to take their own life rather than live it. It’s more than just one child though, isn’t it? More and more, we are seeing this.

The message continues next time…


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