Building Your Child’s Foundation

As we are quickly approaching Spring, I hope that you are growing in the Lord in 2017.  I am still reading through the Bible and am now reading in Exodus.  “Exodus” is a Latin word derived from Greek Exodos, the name given to the book by those who translated it into Greek. The word means “exit,” or “departure.”  The book tells the story of the Israelites and how they came to the Promised Land.  Exodus lays a foundational theology in which God reveals his name, his attributes, his redemption, his law and how he is to be worshiped.  The book begins with Moses’ birth and at that time, Pharaoh was becoming more and more afraid of the Hebrew people.  The Israelite population was growing and he was afraid that they would take over Egypt.  Therefore, Pharaoh ordered the Hebrew baby boys to be killed.  When Moses was born, his mother hid him for three months because she saw something special in him.  Then, she made a basket and placed him in the Nile.  He floated down river to where Pharaoh’s daughter was bathing and she took him and asked her maids to find a Hebrew mother to nurse him.  His mom was able to still give him nourishment even though he would now be raised as an Egyptian.

As I read the beginning of the story of Moses, I thought about myself as a mother.  Would I be able to do that?  Moses’ mother saw potential in him and knew that God’s hand was upon him.  God gives us our children to raise for roughly 18 years until they become an adult.  I have to take a breath when I realize that Hannah is almost 14 and time doesn’t seem to slow down.

When they are babies, we are teaching them how to eat, walk, talk, use the bathroom and dress themselves.  It is here we can begin that spiritual foundation by praying with them, singing with them and telling them Bible stories.  As they become preschoolers, we are busy teaching them letters, numbers, colors and how to tie their shoe.  We also teach them that tantrums are not acceptable even though we know they are still learning to express their feelings.  As an elementary school child, they are learning that education is important and that character values are also important.  We are making sure they know how to respect others and show manners.  Then they enter the teen years, our final push to make sure they can be responsible adults.  We continue to make sure that they understand the importance of learning but we also work to strengthen that spiritual foundation.

Moses’ mother made sure that he had the proper beginning and made sure that he would live to the potential that she saw in him.  Moses wasn’t completely without fault as he grew up.  He doubted himself when God first approached him to save the Israelites.  However, he listened, obeyed and trusted in God’s plan.  If we never give our children the proper foundation, how do we expect them to grow into a Christian that could be used by God to do great things?  Our job as a parent never ceases.  We must continue to pray and guide them every day.

Deuteronomy 6:7 says, “You shall teach them [scriptures] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

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