Our jobs, as parents, is to pass down our faith to the next generation.
You might think that is a given, but let me show you a story:
Judges 2:6-12 (NIV)
6 After Joshua had dismissed the Israelites, they went to take possession of the land, each to his own inheritance.
7 The people served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the LORD had done for Israel.
8 Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten.
9 And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heres in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.
10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel.
11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals.
12 They forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They provoked the LORD to anger.
To me, this is an incredibly sad passage. If you have ever read Joshua, you know that Joshua was a man that pursued God with everything he had. He also made sure that those he led served God as well. And from what we read, that was the case and the testimony of Joshua and his generation.
But then God switches it up for us when we get to verse 10. Now we have a generation that not only doesn’t serve God, they literally don’t even know who He is!!! So, they naturally wander to the gods, or masters, of the neighboring lands. In fact, the word Baals, which is plural, means many masters.
So why do you think this generation totally left God?
They didn't have to fight for their faith like their parents?
They took what was given to them for granted?
The temptations around them were to strong?
I think it is because their parents didn't teach them about God.
I constantly point back to Deuteronomy 6.4-9, where God commands us, as parents, to pass on our faith to our children.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NIV)
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.
7 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.
8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.
9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
So how do we go about doing that?
Answer their God questions.
Share with them when God does something amazing in your life.
Talk about God any time we have a chance
Pray with your children.