“Therefore, you shall lay up these words of Mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
September 26, 2020
When your children are little, it’s always good to have family worship, to start the day with the Word of God. But how do you do it successfully?
Joyce and I tried all kinds of things with our kids for family worship. I want to give you one of the simplest, easiest forms of family worship. I don’t know why I didn’t discover it a long time ago. It’s such a blessing. You can still do this with your grandchildren, and with your grown children at breakfast when they’re with you.
We just let one of the little children old enough to read take the Bible and choose a proverb. They can choose it at random. If it’s the seventh day of the month, choose from the seventh chapter of Proverbs, and read a proverb, just one. Or, since Proverbs has 31 chapters—basically the same as the number of days in the month—they can choose a proverb from the corresponding day. And let that child explain what he thinks that proverb means. Then everyone else just talks about it for a few moments.
It is so simple. But when your children are learning those proverbs and having to think about what they mean, you’re giving them distilled wisdom, a nugget of truth they can carry with them to school and to work.
Give your children and grandchildren wise instruction, but let that instruction be joined with training. “Train up a child.”