1 Kings 2:4 “… if your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul….”
What an incredible charge/responsibility/privilege we have as parents. This is why parenting is so scary and why more often then not, after an extended conversation with a parent, they will often say in jest or in desperation “I don’t know what I am doing!” Because the higher the stakes, the higher the likelihood we will feel less than confident that we are doing the job well. This is why David, as he drew near to the end of his life, so strongly reminded his son, Solomon, to continue “walking in his (God’s) ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules and his testimonies…”
This is our call as parents, to lead our children in the ways of God. Some times that feels like a joy, as they jump up in excitement about going to “their class at big church” and sometimes that feels worse than chore as we have to drag them pouting to church and force them to go to their life group. But remember that God is with us providing for us the patience and endurance we need to run the race of parenting. One thing I love about 1 Kings 2 is the way Solomon responded to David’s words. He listened to his father. What are our words and actions telling our children and how can we continue teaching them better?