Many Christian parents put a lot of thought and prayer into how to encourage their children’s faith. There are Sunday Schools and youth groups and Bible studies for young people; youth camps and devotionals and praise events. It is surely the desire of every believer that their children one day come to know Jesus as their Saviour too.
Psalm 128 tells us about three generations of a family, and every generation walks with the Lord. It is a beautiful domestic scene, picturing the family eating together, and then grandchildren coming along to add to the joy.
How is this achieved? The Psalm is clear: “this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.”
The most immediate witness to the glory of God in a child’s life is their own parents. This is both a privilege and, sometimes, a burden! Our children see us as we really are, after a stressful day, or first thing in the morning when we’re still tired. They see our own walk with God first hand. They see more than we know.
Perhaps the next most immediate witness is the family that God brings us into as believers: the family of the church. Our children will learn much at Sunday School and Youth Camp, but they will learn even more with their own eyes and ears as they watch their family members and other church members live out their lives for Christ.
May we all, whether we have children or not, be mindful that it is our faithfulness and our obedient walk with the Lord that will bear a testimony to the children among us that is much more powerful than words.
Meditation verse: Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.