Family devotions are important, but why...

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”

In order to effectively teach your child a Proverb, you must make sure they understand it. Having verses memorized is great. But if they don’t know what they mean, then it’s pointless. So, what does this Proverb mean?

Proverbs 22:6 expresses an important biblical and human truth: the way we begin a thing often determines where that thing will end. This is true of our own lives as well as the way we raise our children. When we establish a solid foundation, we make it much more likely that success will result. Like the wise man in Jesus’s parable, building our lives on the rock of his word will pay big dividends as we go through life (see Matthew 7:24-27).

This is an important idea to stress to your child as you do these devotions. The incorporation of Scripture and prayer into your family’s life is important because it serves as a foundation for the rest of your life. The Scripture that is learned can be recalled and used for the rest of your years. So, when you’re discouraged God can use these words to encourage you. When you’re at a loss for what to do, God can bring a word of direction to you. And when you’re experiencing the good times, God can remind you of your nature and keep you humble. Family devotions is not something you do to simply pass time, it is an investment in the future well-being of your family.

Finally, don’t allow this lesson to be the last time that you bring up this verse. Scripture encourages us to meditate. This word was the same word used in the Old Testament to refer to the way that a cow would chew his food over a long period of time. Over the next few days, look for opportunities to share the truth behind this proverb with your children. Note your own past and how your foundation shaped you, for better or worse. Or, consider calling or visiting an older Christian and asking how their childhood shaped their life. Let your children see how this proverb works in real life. The more they can see its application, the more likely they will appreciate what you are trying to do as a parent. Let Proverbs 22:6 be your meditation this week.

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