Teaching Our Children

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"For nothing is hidden that shall not become evident, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light. Therefore take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him shall more be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him." (Luke 8:17-18).

My great grandfather felt that it was his responsibility to provide his children with the ability to make a living for themselves and their families. To accomplish this end he reasoned that his children needed a marketable skill and good moral character so that they would be able to deal with the public successfully.

Solomon in Proverbs 1 is teaching a similar philosophy. (I wonder how many times my great grand father read Proverbs). Indeed, our educational system is designed to accomplish the same thing, although we have lost our focus on the primary goal.

The educational goal for each of our children is for them to obtain wisdom and knowledge. To act with discretion, understanding wise counsel through the studying of Proverbs and to operate with knowledge of language, history, science and math.

Proverbs 1 - Teaches us today?

Proverbs 1:3-6 "(3) To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity; (4) To give prudence to the naïve, To the youth knowledge and discretion, (5) A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, (6) To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles."

Psalm 11:4-7 (Theme: Unshaken Coverage & Confidence) "(4) The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord's throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. (5)The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates. (6) Upon the wicked He will rain snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup. (7) For the Lord is righteous; He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face."
Today's question. Who has the responsibility to teach our children?

Many believe that the responsibility for educating children is the government's responsibility. It is not. Parents and guardians have this responsibility. As my great grandfather understood, one of his primary responsibilities was to ensure that his children would be able to make a living for themselves and their families long after he had gone to be with the Lord.

It is certainly in the interest of government to have an educated citizenry, and it is a good thing to provide a way for all children to learn through public educational services, but the responsibility does not move from the family to the government. Many of us have made the giant mistake in relying too heavily on others to teach our children and not take enough responsibility for the outcome.

Educational delivery should be viewed as an extension of providing service to families. If my child wants to provide service to the community by becoming an engineer, it is the family's responsibility to hire teachers to teach physics, math and engineering subjects by sending the child to a good school. But to be a good moral citizen, practicing engineering with high standards and dealing fairly and wisely with customers and colleagues is the responsibility of the family.
"And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." (Ephesians 6:4).

Dear God, I pray for fathers and mothers to see it as their responsibility to provide a way for their children to make a living. Amen.

The Newness Of Life Daily Bible Message is designed for those who like to take a short respite from the day's responsibilities to enjoy the contemplation of God's word. This daily message is based primarily upon the belief that to read some of Proverbs and some of Psalm everyday will provide us with great spiritual growth and development when done consistently with discipline.  Phillip Saxton and contibute to Newness Of Life Ministries (NOL) Phillip Saxton, www.NewnessOfLife.com. Phillip can be reached at saxton AT MiTowne dot com

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