Friday, July 23, 2010

When Your Children Ask?-Deut 6

Children love to ask questions and their favorite questions seem to start with "why"? Why is the sky blue? Why do I have to clean my room since it is my room? And the list goes on. Moses in Deut. 6 encourages parents to be prepared for a "why" question. Verse 20-26 says
In the future, when your children ask you, 'What is the meaning of these laws, decrees, and regulations that the Lord your God has commanded you to obey?
Then you must tell them,"We were Pharaoh's slave in Egpyt, but God brought us out of Egpyt with His strong hand. The Lord did miraculous signs and wonders before our eyes, dealing terrifying blows against Egypt and Pharaoh and all his people. He brought us out of Egypt so He could give us this land he had sworn to our ancestors. And the Lord our God commanded us to obey all His decrees and to fear Him so He can continues to bless us and preserve our lives, as He has done to this day. For we will be counted righteous when we obey all the commands the Lord our God has given us.
My first thought was "Are my children asking "why" questions about their faith?" One of my prayers this year has been that my children's faith will become their faith and not just something their mom and dad believes. I want them to question things and figure them out. I want their relationship with Jesus to be the most important thing in their life. In order for the questions to come, I need to be talking about my faith with my children. I not only need to talk to them about my faith but live it out. Lastly, my home needs to be a place where questions of faith are welcome and taken seriously.
My second thought was "Do I have answers or know where to find them?" Am I able to tell them my story? Am I willing to search with them to find the answer? Most of all, will my answer reflect grace and truth ? Our story is very similar to the Israelites. We were slaves to sin and God sent His son, the one who sits at his right hand, to deliver us from slavery by his death on the cross. He did this so that we could live life here on earth and in the future in heaven. God has a plan for our lives. We need to accept His offer of salvation and follow the path He has for us. The way might not be easy but we will be blessed.
Dear God, May my children look to you and seek you in all things. May they know it is okay to question and figure things out. May they grow deep roots and stand strong in the days ahead. Draw them close to you. Amen

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