Do you teach your children about God?

In the Bible, we find not only stories of how God helped and worked through remarkable men and women. We also find our own story. The story that we need to teach our children as well.

In today’s first reading, Moses tells the Israelites to teach their children about how God saved them from slavery in Egypt and His commandments:

"However, take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children and to your children's children." — Deuteronomy 4:9

Spoiler alert: They failed to teach their children. 

After conquering the Promised Land, the people became comfortable. Because of the richness of the land, the Israelites forgot to depend on God and on God alone. They forgot to teach their children about His commandments. They also forgot to teach their children about how God saved them from slavery.

They forgot to teach their story.

The succeeding generations began to do what was right in their own eyes, not what was right in the eyes of God. While they worshipped God, they also worshipped other gods. They built up temples and high places. They worshipped the way they wanted to worship and not according to how God wanted them to worship Him, and so on. (You can read the book of Judges, then the books of Samuel to know what happened next.)

This is what happens when we forget to teach our children about God. Not only do we and our children forget our story, but also the lessons we need to learn. 

We also become self-centered and do what is right in our own eyes, not in the eyes of God. We also become too self-reliant and no longer seek God, thinking that we are enough without God.

Even Jesus did not come to abolish the law:

 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.” — Mathew 5:17

Today, God is telling us to study the Law, obey it, and, like Jesus, go beyond the letter of the law and into the spirit of the law which is love. 

He is telling us to study the Bible and learn how He has always been working in our lives. 

In the Bible, we find not only stories of how God helped and worked through remarkable men and women. We also find our own story. The story that we need to teach our children as well.

Rediscover your story and teach it to your children.