Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 7, 2017
Pains as of a woman in childbirth come to him, but he is a child without wisdom; when the time arrives, he does not come to the opening of the womb. Hosea 13:13
Children need to be taught wisdom. Yes, sometimes it’s hard for them to grasp its meaning because of their age and stage in life. Wisdom comes through understanding and applying God’s Word to life experience. Many individuals are limited in their perspective of both, so wisdom guides them from unwise decision-making. Wisdom is one of the most wonderful gifts you can give your child. Therefore, make its knowledge inviting and practical.
Tell stories of individuals who made wise decisions and the positive effects that followed. Then contrast these uplifting illustrations with those who chose an unwise path and suffered harm as a result. Stories stir the heart and illuminate the mind. We owe it to our offspring to engage them in conversations about real-life people. Otherwise, they stay oblivious in a bubble of unrealistic living. Indeed, wisdom comes by allowing them to spread their wings and begin decision-making while they still live under your roof.
Start them out young by helping them make money decisions. Show them the pattern of “share, save, and spend” from your own financial management. Then lead them to do the same. Watch them smile as they experience the joy of generosity. Be proud as their discipline and patience grows. They will be able to save for something they want, and purchase their prize with cash. Be an example of smart spending, and you may become a recipient of its fruit as your child learns to be a savvy shopper. Financial wisdom is a practical gift, whose principals you can use to train your child (Ephesians 6:4).
Good judgment in choosing friends is another facet of teaching your child the ways of wisdom. Make sure children understand the propensity to be like the people they “hang out with” (Proverbs 13:20). It’s wise to choose friends whose faith is growing and robust. Go with friends who lift up, instead of those who pull down. It is unwise to flirt with friendships that dilute growth with God. Discuss why they need to avoid friendships that become a wedge between child and parent. Wisdom does not settle for the shallow acceptance of just any friend. Wisdom has a high standard for friendship. Challenge your children to pray for friends who complement their faith, who move them closer to their heavenly Father. Wise friends rub off on your children in wise ways.
Lastly, discuss with your child regularly the wisdom of God. He gives wisdom (Proverbs 2:6). Read with them from the Bible, and discuss the meanings of particular verses. Make the discussion of Scripture a part of your everyday life. Take your Bible to church. Underline the phrases that leap from the page into your heart and mind. Then discuss its application to your life over lunch. Ask your child to hold you accountable to the truth God is teaching you.
You cannot improve on the wisdom of the Lord. God’s wisdom will follow them the rest of their lives. It will be with them when you are absent. You can be at peace when you have a child who is wise in the ways of God. You are wise when your goal is to grow a wise child. Wise children become wise adults.
PrayerHeavenly Father, give me wisdom to teach my child wisdom.
ApplicationWhat regular routine can I employ to instruct my child in the ways of the Lord?
Related ReadingToday’s reading is taken from Boyd’s most popular book: Seeking Daily the Heart of God, a 365 day devotional.
Post/Tweet todayYou are wise when your goal is to grow a wise child. Wise children become wise adults. #wisdomhunters #teachchildrenwisdom
Worship Resource5 minute video- Jeff and Sheri Easter: Thank You Lord for Your Blessings Check out Shana and Boyd’s newest devotional book Two Minutes in the Bible for Women. Pre-Order now! If you are blessed by these daily devotionals please prayerfully consider a donation to support Wisdom Hunters Resources. We are trusting the Lord for His provision. Learn how to help. Our free Apple app
February 20, 2020
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 20, 2020 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. Luke 1:52 I remember years ago touring a colonial church in the heart of a coastal American city. With great pride they pointed out a pew on the front right [...]
February 19, 2020
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 19, 2020 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich [...]
February 18, 2020
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 18, 2020 God is love. 1 John 4:8 There may have been times in your life when you have wondered if God loves you or if He wants to guide you. Perhaps your circumstances have made you wonder if God even cares about you or if [...]