Proverbs 2:6 reminds us, “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
Our kids can cultivate God’s character by seeking His wisdom and turning that into understanding. We found with our kids that going to church and having home Bible studies was important, but it took their own study and learning from their own mistakes to help them fully understand the value of truly seeking after God’s character and making the decision to seek after it for themselves — making it their own.
Search for Wisdom in God’s Word
We needed to help our kids see the value of seeking wisdom in God’s Word. Psalm 78:1–4 says:
“O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old—what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from our children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.”
We took every opportunity to expose our kids to God’s Word and His teaching. We encouraged them to find answers in God’s Word, and we helped them to see the power of prayer.
Search for Perseverance
Nothing should be more important to parents than training their children in the disciplines and character of God. This requires perseverance to see it through. Hold firm. The enemy will come after you with every good reason not to do it, or to give up. Don’t! Stay with it and after it.The rewards will astonish you. Even when you or your kids mess up, you’ll see grace, forgiveness and love—tremendous examples of God’s character in action.
Do you want your kids to reflect God’s character? Take the time to teach them and encourage them to read His Word. Stay with it and you’ll see remarkable results.
What are some of the things you are doing that help your kids seek God’s character? I’d love to know (and so would my readers).