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Frank Hamrick, Aug. 23, 2013

Proverbs 1:7

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Many scholars consider this verse the theme of Proverbs. It’s certainly foundational to Christian education, wherever that may take place. Knowledge, which the second half of the verse uses synonymously with wisdom, begins with the fear of the Lord. Training in the home begins when youth fear the Lord. Why then do we skip the beginning and concentrate on the results? We can train all day, but we only train fools unless they fear the Lord. As a parent, my first objective is to bring my children face-to-face with God. How?

  1. By relating everything that happens in my family to Him
  2. By linking every TV program watched, every conversation started, every decision made, every news item heard, every problem faced in the home, to an attribute of God
  3. By drawing my children’s attention to how God is at work in every problem the family faces—whether at home, in the school, with friends, or on the job
  4. By drawing attention to the providence of God in everything that happens in the home
  5. By keeping a record of answered prayer in the lives of the family throughout the year

Children’s minds must be renewed daily by focusing their attention on the presence and work of God. They must recognize His hand at work, and they must love Him and respect Him. This is where true biblical training begins. If this is not our first priority and the dominant factor in our homes, we are training fools.

Ask God to help you turn your home into a “praise lab” of His glory.

Final thought: If your children don’t see the Lord in everything that happens, you are blindfolding them!

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