Join us for the 2014 Youth Leader Café, a free one-day seminar and webcast for youth pastors, teachers, and parents. There you'll have the chance to meet the Positive Action family and participate in three sessions that explore how you can magnify the majesty of God in ministry.
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“If thou seekest her as silver; and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.”
Values are caught, not taught. If you value earthly things, your children will pick up on it, and your values will become their values. Parents who influence their children for God are those who internally value fellowship with the Lord above all the treasures of earth. If He is not your supreme value, neither will He be your child’s greatest treasure.
“Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding.”
Prayer should be a normal, but important, part of our home. Too often we thrust prayer to the corner. We might begin our mealtimes—those few meals that families are able to have together—with a short, perfunctory prayer. Perhaps at night we might have a quick prayer. We are better off not to pray in front of our children than to pray flippantly or as though we’re rushing to get it over with so we can get to the more important things.
“So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding.”
Two problems confront the modern parent: truth is not always easy to understand, and children are increasingly less able to concentrate. Yet without understanding, youth have not learned. This verse teaches that a person must “incline” his ear to wisdom, and his heart to understanding. Incline translates the Hebrew word meaning “to stretch out, to spread out.” Wisdom and spiritual understanding come by stretching out our minds to grasp truth.
“My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee…”
Youth must hide the Word in their heart. Once more we see the parent’s focus is the heart, not behavior. Behavior is only a tool, and the tool is not the product. We are equipping youth with the tools they need in life—we are fashioning their hearts. We must readjust our thinking in both education and the home. Education is about wisdom, not knowledge. The home is about the heart, not conformity. In school your child may memorize and give correct answers. In the home your child may submit to your demands. But both of these are external and may be accomplished without an ounce of grace in the heart.