Seek Wisdom & Understanding
It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to education. Several of our children will be going to a preschool or an elementary, middle, or high school, while some will be staying home to learn directly from their families. A few of them will be leaving their homes as they attend college. Education is important, and it is something we should value.
The Bible speaks to us about education. “Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.” – Acts 7:22
“To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.” – Daniel 1:17
“Then Paul said: ‘I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors’.” – Acts 22:3
Moses, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Paul were all well educated men who became powerful servants for the Lord. However, they weren’t great servants of God simply because they received an education. They were great servants because they put God first in their lives. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” – Proverbs 9:10
No matter how our children receive their education, it is vital that we as parents, grandparents and families instill in them to put the Lord first. It is our responsibility to educate them about the Lord. It is our hope that they will be exposed to Godly teachers at school and Church, but the primary source of our children’s education about God should come from the family.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” – Deuteronomy 6:4-7
“He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.” – Psalm 78:5-7
As our children go to school, whether that is across the room, the street, the state or even the country, let us continue to teach them about the God we serve in both our words and actions. Let’s teach them to put God first and everything else will fall into place. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33 Let us pray that people can say of our children, what the Bible says about Jesus when He was growing up.
"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." - Luke 2:52