Saturday, 2 March 2019

Planning for Our Children's Future

Setting our children up for success

And David the king said to all the assembly, “Solomon my son, whom alone God has chosen, is young and inexperienced, and the work is great, for the palace will not be for man but for the Lord God."

Wanting to build God a temple, King David is told by God that he will not be the one to build it but that his son Solomon will be the one who builds God's house. In a striking moment King David begins to prepare for the temple build in advance knowing that young Solomon was still "young and inexperienced". He gathered the materials and craftsmen needed to make God's temple. The nation worked together to gather what they needed then rejoiced.



Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly. 

Having rallied together to prepare for their future, King David then prays for his son Solomon before the young man is anointed as the new king. 

Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which I have made provision.
(vs. 19)

David's monumental gift to his son was paving a way to God's temple, and ultimately God's presence. He knew Solomon would need help, guidance, a community on his side, the prayers of parent, and a heaping cup of God's wisdom and ever-present help, a lesson every parent should take to heart. 

It is our job to cultivate in our children a desire to love our Heavenly Father with a love that offers respect, obedience, and praise to a most holy God. Like David, we are to come along the young and inexperienced, and offer them the tools they will need to build a strong foundation. We are to train up our children in the ways of the Lord (Prov. 22:6), teach them God's commands (Deut 6:7), speak his words of life into them when we lay down and when we rise (Deut. 11:18-21), and above all, we should lead by example (2 Tim 2:15, Titus 2:7). This is how we prepare for our children's futures and guide them on a path to the presence of God.

Our society is increasingly attempting to drive a wedge in the middle of one of God's most sacred relationships- the family unit. We must remove the hazy fog that the enemy has blown across our culture and seek God's word in order for us to walk upright and prepare our children for the future. 

Here at Train Up a Child Ministries our goal is help parents seek God's truth in all circumstances. We acknowledge the battlefield we are standing on as we fight for our children's eternal future. We hope to help you not only build your children on the rock of God, but to help you stand firm on the unshakable Rock as well. 

We look forward to growing in community with you.

Love,
Tim and Sarah 

2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much Tim and Sarah for starting up this much needed ministry! I will be praying for you as you move forward!
    Blessings,
    Genessa

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    1. Thank you for your prayers Genessa!! We appreciate your encouragement as we begin this adventure.

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