Teach Them to Live 2

If I were to ask you “what are the ways of God” what would be your answer? If I were to ask you “how do you know how to live” what would you say?

“Thus says the LORD: ‘Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.'”
– Jeremiah 6:16


Moses asked God to show him His ways so Moses could know God and know how to find God’s favor. (See Exodus 33:13)

The world today, our traditions, and media seem to tell us how we should live. As a grandparent I have seen the results of the world telling us how to live and what to believe. I have also seen how tradition determines how we live. Unfortunately I see a world ful of people who only exist, but have no real idea of what it means to live. I want my grandchildren to live life, not merely exist.

What if there was a way to live and not merely make it from day to day existing? Wouldn’t it be wise to find the Creator’s ways that lead to life and teach them to our children and grandchildren? It’s not too late for us, even if we think we missed the opportunity, or have grown too old for it to make any difference.

Here are a few things from God’s Word to consider about blessing that will bring life if we will follow them and teach them to our children and grandchildren.

Blessing. Speaking God’s preferred future. Genesis 1:26-28. God tells His image barer to be fruitful and multiply (have children). God’s preferred future for man is family, that is parents who have children who have children. But, having children is not the driving force. Deuteronomy 4 and 6 tell us what we are to do within the family to really live life.  We are to teach God’s ways to the next generation.  Living life according to God’s ways means investing in those He has placed in our sphere of influence whether they are our children or not.

God desires for the marital relationship to be one of blessing.  Genesis 2 tells us that it is important for man to not be alone. God thought it was important enough for his creation, Adam, that He would provide the one like him in nature, temper, disposition to be a help to him. God brought Eve to Adam. God must be the one who brings the spouse to the grown child. There was no such tradition of dating anywhere in Scripture.

Another part of the blessing was the “subdue” and “have dominion.” This was to be done through work. God provided the work (Gen. 2) that Adam was to do.  God blessed Adam in his work. Looking back over my life, I see that God provided the work for me to do. So we must have work to do to fulfill this part of the blessing and to “live “ as God has intended.

Teaching our children to live life will take intentional conversations with them about God and His ways.  These different aspects of blessing are only a small portion of God’s plan for our children to have life.  Let’s walk through Scripture and find His ways, His ancient paths that lead to life.

How will you engage your children/grandchildren about one of these aspects of blessing this week?

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