Pr. 19:23: “The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; he will not be visited with evil.”
Attempting to guide my children in the truths of the Bible isn’t always easy. Lately I’ve been unsure if I’m handling things right.
While trying to teach them about sin, I am very nervous that I might leave out the beauty of grace. Then, while I’m busy teaching grace, I have an ever-present fear that I’m leaving no room for accountability and repentance.
This morning I bumped into this Proverb about ‘the fear of the Lord,’ and I realize that the only answer for me as a parent is to walk this fine line with a foundation of prayer and trust in the Lord.
In my own strength, I will never be able to teach them exactly right. The beauty of God’s word is that it does not return to Him void. It accomplishes what God pleases, and will prosper in the purpose for which it was sent. (Is. 55:11) Therefore, I must conclude that speaking the Word into my children’s lives is my job. Accomplishing what God pleases is His.
Also, I must keep in mind that I was not created as The Holy Spirit. While it is my job to guide and teach my children, it is the Holy Spirit who will bring to their remembrance the things they’ve learned about God as they walk through their lives. (Jn. 14:26)
Fear of the Lord is something I can demonstrate in my own life and in the way I teach and train my children. The more we learn about God, the more our own values and character will be fashioned after His.
I must also demonstrate what it means to grow in Christ. While speaking to my daughter about self-control a few weeks ago, I realized that I’m not bearing that same fruit in certain areas in my own life. So, I had to make some adjustments. Allowing her to see those weaknesses in me and to see how I choose to confront them will testify my beliefs to her more than any words I could ever speak.
So, do I know exactly how to walk this thin line of teaching sin and grace at the same time. Definitely not. But I know the One who does and I am reminded that not only is His strength is made perfect in my weakness, but that He loves and cares for my children even more than I ever could. He will guide and water them as His own. I just need to plant the seeds.
I’m thinking the best way to teach them is for me to continue to stay grounded in Him. Thank you, Lord, for this reminder. I trust in You.
Sounds like parenting and pastoring are about the same // Somehow I seem to hear Johnny Cash singing, “I Walk the Line for You.” 🙂 // Great blog, thanks for sharing.
Thanks. 🙂 Keep walking that line, Pastor.