[blockquote source=”Psalm 111:10 (NIV)”]The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.[/blockquote]
As parents, we all want our children to be able to make the right decisions; especially in our absence. At least for me, that’s what I aim to equip my children with the ability to discern independently of our supervision. To do the right thing, always.
That said, we also know that everyone will make mistakes and everyone will sometimes choose to make decisions that satisfy a need in the short time, only to regret it afterwards. And sometimes such decisions can possibly destroy the credibility of the person, forever; at least in the eyes of the society.
So, knowing that our days as parents and to be able to supervise our children will be limited; how can we ensure that there are a set of guiding principles that they can make reference to when making decisions?
Fear of the LORD
This is where today’s Scripture points us to. Fear of the LORD. Here, fear is not be perceived as being afraid. It does not mean to comply out of fear. It means to respect, to worship, to love. It is also not about respecting because of the authority. Because in such instances you may respect but in your heart you do not believe that it is worth respecting.
Because of your relationship with God, you respect and worship God. You wouldn’t want to betray the trust of a friend or a loved one. Doesn’t mean you are afraid of them, but because you respect them and you respect that relationship.
Now, if you respect and worship God, then you would want to observe all the principles that He has given us, essentially His will. You would choose to do the right thing. As humans, we cannot not sin. But it’s also our choice to choose whether or not to sin. That is the key message here.
That everyday we need to commit to living our lives according to these precepts. And by doing so is how we can do God’s will. And that’s the same principle we want to teach our kids too.
Dear LORD, please deliver us from temptation and guide us towards living according to Your precepts everyday. We pray in Jesus Christ name, Amen.