Resources written by a devoted brother in the Lord: Adam and Eve and the Son of God

Exodus stories:
Part 10

A plea to fellow Christian parents

         Focus not on a “head start”,
         Give instead a true start.
         Wisdom commands a Godstart,
         Their eternal gain, a pure heart.

By a “Godstart”, we mean the early and thorough grounding of the education of our children in the Word of God. From the very beginning of their learning, our little ones’ dark hearts must be exposed to the pure light of God’s Word. Our priority must surely be to raise our children as our holy and infinitely wise God commands.

God’s Word is clear. Scriptures such as Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Psalm 78:2-8 and Ephesians 6:4 lay out our biblical mandate for teaching our children the ways of God. Obedience to the commands in these verses is crucial. Teach them early, teach them well. Be diligent.

Take all opportunities, use all good means, to let them know and understand who God is. Pray unceasingly that they have a vision of the holiness of God, that they may have an understanding of the true horror of sin, and that this would lead them to repent and trust in Jesus. The times are exceedingly evil and spiritual darkness abounds. We must prayerfully guard against worldly influences through schools, secular teachers, peers, internet, books, music, computer games and other sources.

Let us whole-heartedly honour God; let us give the greatest gift to our children, give Christ: give a Godstart. May the Lord God bless all your labour in your closest vineyard as you seek to raise, for His glory, Godly children in a wicked and perverse generation.

Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
Psalm 119:97

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

Psalm 1:1-2

Why memorise scripture?

Do you know that there are many benefits to learning and retaining God's word? God commends anyone who delights in His word and meditates on it. He is always rewarded. He is blessed by it (Psalm 1:2). To meditate upon God's word means to think about it over and over again so that your thinking is in line with His holy word. What wisdom this brings! Remember, as you read the Bible, that it is God who is speaking to you. Here are some other benefits of meditating on God's word:
  • Through God's word you come to know Him (John 17:3, Jeremiah 9:23-24).
  • Through God's word, you come to know what God requires of you (John 3:16, Micah 6:8).
  • Honouring God's command to meditate on His word (Joshua 1:8, Colossians 3:16).
  • It helps you to love the word of God (Psalm 119:16).
  • It prepares and equips you to serve God (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
  • Obedience to God comes through knowledge of His word (1 John 5:3, 1 John 2:4).
  • Through God's word, you can pray in line with the will of God (1 John 5:14).
  • Through His word, God guides you (Psalm 119:105).
  • God's word protects you from sin (Psalm 119:11).
  • Through God's word, you overcome temptation (Matthew 4:11).
  • Through God's word, you will gain necessary wisdom (Proverbs 4:7).
  • God's word will bring you much needed comfort during hard times (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
  • God's word helps you to persevere in difficult times (James 1:12, Galatians 6:9).
  • You need God's word in order to tell others about Jesus (Mark 16:15, Acts 20:24).
  • Through His word, you will know the wonderful love of God (Ephesians 2:4-5, John 3:16).
Beloved, here are some selected scripture verses for you to commit to memory. Start with the easier ones — the ones for preschoolers. For the longer ones, memorise one section at a time. Practise regularly. Delight in God's word. Pray for God to give you understanding of His word. You may pray the prayer of Psalm 119:18:

Open my eyes, that I may see
Wondrous things from Your law.
Psalm 119:18