Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” (Prov. 4:22).

READ: Proverbs 4:20-22

Parenting is one major challenge facing many today. Some people bring children into this world but hardly learn how to be good parents or guardians to them. There are quite a lot of things to learn about raising children. By divine arrangement, every parent is supposed to be a teacher, trainer, instructor, guide or coach to their children. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”. The instructions a child is brought up with, help to determine the quality of life that child would have in later years. What are you teaching your children? Whether your children will love and serve God or not, depends to a large extent on what you have taught them. Proverbs 4:13 places a high premium on instruction to the extent of calling it ‘life’. The one who adheres to instructions is preserving his or her life. To what extent do you instruct your children? Or do you say they are too young to be instructed?

What are some of the instructions that you can teach your children in order for them to become what God wants them to be? Ecclesiastes 12:1 says God must be remembered very early in life. The most ideal time to seek God is when you are young. Matthew 19:14 says, “But Jesus said, suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven”. Anyone who keeps his or her children from the Lord Jesus will receive a divine rebuke. Children must be introduced to their source at a very tender age. Some young people differ their time to seek God until after they have ‘achieved’ in life. Unfortunately, some of them may never make it. You cannot ‘make it’ without the help of your Maker. In Proverbs 8:17, God says He will love and reveal Himself only to those who seek Him. He says He never owes those who seek Him. He ensures they have a good reward for seeking Him (Heb. 11:6). He also promises that those who seek Him shall not know lack (Ps. 34:10). Teach your children and teens to seek God early and they will never experience lack. Introduce them to know and receive the Saviour into their hearts. Teach them to pray and worship the Lord. Take them in Bible studies. Let them know that God wants to be their friend.

Children deliver the gold in them when they relate regularly with Jesus. Become a child and ask Christ to carry you.

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