They shall be My people, and I will be their God. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.
— Jeremiah 32:38,40, NKJV
Parents, if you would educate your children to serve God and do good in the world, make the Bible your text-book.
Whatever else is taught in the home or at school, the Bible, as the great educator, should stand first. If it is given this place, God is honored, and he will work for you in the conversion of your children.
The true object of education is to restore the image of God in the soul. The first and most precious knowledge is the knowledge of Christ.
Should a limb be broken or fractured, parents will try every means that love or wisdom can suggest to restore the affected member to comeliness and soundness. This is right, it is their duty; but the Lord requires that still greater tact, patience, and persevering effort be employed to remedy blemishes of the soul.
Parents have a great and responsible work to do, and they may well inquire, “Who is sufficient for these things?” But God has promised to give wisdom to those that ask in faith, and he will do just as he said he would. He is pleased with the faith that takes him at his word.
The mother of Augustine prayed for her son’s conversion. She saw no evidence that the Spirit of God was impressing his heart, but she was not discouraged. She laid her finger upon the texts, presenting before God his own words, and pleaded as only a mother can. Her deep humiliation, her earnest importunities, her unwavering faith, prevailed, and the Lord gave her the desire of her heart.
Today he is just as ready to listen to the petitions of his people. “His hand is not shortened that it cannot save, neither his ear heavy that it cannot hear;” and if Christian parents seek him earnestly, he will fill their mouths with arguments, and, for his name’s sake, will work mightily in their behalf in the conversion of their children.
— Signs of the Times, January 31, 1884
Ask God in faith to give you wisdom. Take Him at His word that He will do just as He said He would.
Lay your finger on the texts and present before God His own words. Plead as only a parent can for your children. Earnestly prevail with unwavering faith and the Lord will give you the desires of you heart.
Earnestly petition God to fill your mouth with arguments for His name’s sake and work mightily in the conversion of your children.