in the Home
Sensing the Gaze
How well acquainted is
God with each individuals life?
You know when I sit
and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from
afar. You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word
is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.
What is the beginning of
The fear of the
Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who
follow his precepts have good understanding. To
him belongs eternal praise. Psalm 111:10.
How are parents
instructed to bring up their children?
Fathers do not
exasperate your children; instead, bring them
up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
How faithfully should parents
teach their children the Word of God?
that I give you today are to be upon 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.
What is the value of proper
Train a child in the
way he should go, and when he is old he will
not turn from it.
Note No man said that
he began the service of God too young. No parent
ever regarded bringing up his children to love,
fear, honor, and obey God.
How early were the Scriptures
taught to Timothy?
And from infancy
you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are
able to make you wise for salvation through faith
in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:15.
father was a Greek, and his mother a Jewess. From
a child he had been taught the Scriptures. The
faith of his mother and grandmother in the Word
of God had early been implanted in him through
their faithful instruction. (2 Timothy 1:5.) The
piety that he saw in his home life had a molding
influence upon his own life. This, with his
knowledge of the Scriptures, qualified him to
bear the responsibilities and to render faithful
service later in the cause of Christ. His home
instructors had co-operated with God in preparing
him for a life of usefulness. Thus it should be
in every home.
Why did God confide in Abraham
and commit sacred trusts to him?
For I have chosen him,
so that he will direct his children and his
household after him to keep the way of the Lord
by doing what is right and just, so that the
Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has
promised him. Genesis 18:19.
The Altar of Prayer
Wherever Abraham went,
what was his practice?
From there he went on
toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his
tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east.
There he built an alter to the Lord and called
upon the name of the Lord. Genesis 12:8.
(See also Genesis 13:4; 21:33.)
What instruction suggests the
giving of thanks for daily food?
Give thanks in all
circumstances, for this is Gods will
for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18.
Note As a rule,
children will reflect the life and principles
manifested in their parents. The reason so many
children are irreverent, irreligious, and
disobedient today is that their parents are so.
Like parent like child. If parents would see a
different state of things, they must themselves
reform. They must bring God into their homes, and
make His Word their counselor and guide. They
must teach their children the fear of God, and
that His Word is the voice of God addressed to
them, and that it is to be implicitly obeyed.
In too may homes prayer is neglected. If
there ever was a time when every household should
be a house of prayer, it is now. Fathers and
mothers should often lift up their hearts to God
in humble supplication for themselves and their
children. Let the father, as priest of the
household, lay upon the alter of God the morning
and evening sacrifice, while the wife and the
children unite in prayer and praise. In such a
household Jesus will love to tarry.
E.G. White, Patriarchs
and Prophets, p. 144.
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