“We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done” (Psalm 78:4).
“’We will not hide them from their children.’ Our negligent silence shall not deprive our own and our father’s offspring of the precious truth of God; it would be shameful indeed if we did so. ‘Shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord.’ We will look forward to future generations, and endeavor to provide for their godly education. It is the duty of the Church of God to maintain, in fullest rigor, every agency intended for the religious education of the young. To them we must look for the Church of the future; and as we sow towards them, so shall we reap. Children are to be taught to magnify the Lord; they ought to be well informed as to His wonderful doings in ages past, and should be made to know ‘his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.‘
“The best education is education in the best things. The first lesson for a child should be concerning his mother’s God. Teach him what you will – if he learn not the fear of the Lord, he will perish for lack of knowledge. Grammar is poor food for the soul if it is not flavored with grace… The world may teach secular knowledge alone; ’tis all she has a heart to know. But the Church must not deal so with her offspring; she should look well to every Timothy, and see to it that – from a child – he knows the Holy Scriptures. Around the fireside, fathers should repeat not only the Bible records; but the deeds of the martyrs and Reformers, and moreover the dealings of the Lord with themselves – both in Providence and grace. We dare not … compare the fallible record of the best human memories with the infallible written Word; yet would we fain see oral tradition practiced by every Christian in his family, and children taught cheerfully by word of mouth by their own mothers and fathers – as well as by the printed pages of what they too often regard as dull, dry task-books. What happy hours and pleasant evenings have children had at their parents’ knees as they have listened to some ‘sweet story of old.’ Reader, if you have children, mind you do not fail in this duty!”
– by Charles H. Spurgeon
Do you have any thoughts on the subject of training up the coming generation in the ways of the Lord? In addition to the historical narratives of the Lord’s martyrs and Reformers throughout the centuries, do you have any stories that you communicate to your children and grandchildren about God’s merciful dealings in your own personal life? Feel free to share your thoughts with all of our readers in the comments section below!
God bless you and your family, this day and always.
All for the King’s glory,
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