“When it comes to the things of God and the way of the Lord, you don’t just tell your children but rather you instruct, teach and command them to do it.”
Often people feel you need to be gentle with your children. Just make them happy and that’s all. The truth is, there is a part of you commanding your children in the way of the Lord and to keep it. For it is good to note about children that they learn easily by what they see faster. If you have been found in obeying the Lord. Communicating it to your children will not be hard. They will learn more by your experiences with God. Examples shows the reality of solving a problem. Children need to know what the way of the Lord is and parents should be involved in this. Not just by handling them to Sunday school teachers. Fathers need this more.
The Lord made a serious boast of knowing Abraham that he will command his children and his household to keep the way of the Lord. Parents are to give inheritance like this to their children.
Genesis 18:18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
18:19 For I know him, that HE WILL COMMAND HIS CHILDREN AND HIS HOUSEHOLD AFTER HIM, AND THEY SHALL KEEP THE WAY OF THE LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
I love the word “command” in this verse. It means “to give order”. So, Abraham will give order to his children to keep the way of the Lord. You know, I found out in scriptures that we can be instructed in the way of the Lord. Apollos was a man that was instructed in the way of the Lord. Now, the Lord said, Abraham will give order to his children to keep the way of the Lord. Is a dimension whereby you as a father or a mother has kept the way of the Lord faithfully. You can’t teach the way of the Lord which you have not kept. We can actually communicate this way of keeping the way of the Lord by being first of all able to keep them.