The Fifth Step to Wisdom
“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.
How do children see your values? Values are seen in what parents most enthusiastically talk about. Values are seen in sacrifice. We will sacrifice time, effort, and money for that which we value the most.
- Children may think making good grades is more important than loving God. Why? Because their parents continually stress grades but speak little of the Lord to them.
- Children may think earthly possessions are more important than loving God. Why? Because their parents talk about things they wish they had.
- Children may think daily life is far more important than the Word. Why? Because parents rarely talk about the child’s devotions—or their own—or the child’s prayer life. Instead, they talk about work, bills, and daily activities.
- Children may think sports are more important than loving God. Why? Because parents get far more excited at a sports event than at church. Their parents sacrifice for the child’s participation in sports but seldom get excited about them studying the Word or memorizing Scripture.
What do you treasure? How often do your children see you seeking the treasures of wisdom in prayer, Bible study, Scripture memory, or personal devotions? Do your children see you searching, digging, growing, and treasuring your relationship with God? Only then will you find the knowledge of God, and only then will your children understand the fear of the Lord.
Final thought: Parents must treasure the Lord.