Pondering Parental Principles

My son forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments.” Proverbs 3:1 (KJV, emphasis added)

This week’s blog is encouraged by my reflection as a parent. At this season in our lives, my wife and I are “embracing the empty nest.” God in His fabulous favor and magnanimous mercy gave us three sons who are now 28, 27 and 26 years of age. Like all parents we wanted nothing but the best for them. Specifically, a rich, real and rewarding relationship with God in which they trust and travel in the truth, are framed, focused and fearless in their faith and finally, sound, suited-up and strong in the spirit of God. I love my sons and intensely desire that they walk with the Lord.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 4 (KJV, emphasis added)

Although they are adults, my wife and I continue to encourage them to always pay attention to God’s Word. This is imperative as they walk in a world that could not care less to what our Creator had said to us as it relates to having a successful and fulfilled life or what matters and gives us purpose.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13 (KJV, emphasis added)

Our opening text turns our thoughts to endearing parents that are exhorting their sons to remember how they were raised.  “Forget not my law.” Their law was God’s Law. Their allegiance was to God’s Word and it was also their authority.  This places the parent in the position to project light, give instruction and correct their sons.

“For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.” Proverbs 6:23 (KJV)

What spiritual legacy are you encouraging in your family? Will your children flounder in a flood of forgetfulness and go with the flow of the world or will they adhere to the admonition of God’s Word?  Join me next time as we purpose to be parents that promote truth.

For the Glory of God,