Updated: Mar 25, 2019
There's hardly a better way to capture a mother's heart than through her children. God graciously sends someone to get my attention when I need it most.
"You're doing a great job, Mom. Your boys are so good."
Instantly my heart is captured despite that fact that she hadn't heard me threatening them all moments earlier because they were acting like wild monkeys. Her comment stops me in my tracks and I see them clearly again and not through my stressed, tired lenses.
Have you ever been at a yard sale and the home owner comes up to your child and says, "Pick a toy out and if your mother doesn't mind, you can have it?"
What about when they gleefully hand you their report card and they've improved leaps and bounds since the previous one. We get so excited about these things because we cherish our children and want nothing more than for them to succeed in life. During quiet time this morning I opened my Bible to Psalm 112:1-2.
Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
In Hebrew the word for mighty means:
STRONG AND MIGHTY MAN
How do our children become this and better yet, how can I presume to guarantee they will? Because God makes us a promise! And, he keeps his promises.
Read carefully though, because this promise is given to the offspring of those whose heart does two distinct things:
Fear the Lord
Delight in His commandments
It would be a rhetorical question to ask if you want your child to succeed and to fulfill God's calling on their life. I know you do. But the truth is, we must do more than say we do. We must do more than pray they do.
We must examine our hearts and act.
Do you fear the Lord? Do you delight in his commandments? If you don't, admit that to yourself and then to God. He is already aware of it. Pray for a desire to delight in God's commandments. Pray for God to give you a heart to fear him. He will!
This, dear ones, is how we can ensure the success of our children. It isn't in all the activities we drive them too, the latest equipment we buy them, or even the music lessons we offer.
It happens in our prayer rooms. It happens in our quiet times with God.
Precious reader and parent, I pray today as you read this verse, you will be stirred. May you cultivate a fear of God and may his words become like honey to your lips. Not only for the good of your own soul, but for your children's.