Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you;I ordained you a prophet to the nations...Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord. - Jeremiah 1:5, 8
Nobody will ever fulfil a destiny he/she is not aware of. You can never take advantage of what you don’t know. Knowledge is power and it is the only cure for ignorance. The people of this generation have their major focus on the development of the soul of a child at the expense of his spirit. This is to allow the child to have his feet fixed firmly in his society/economic world. We often see parents spending much money on a child’s education because they believe that it is the only way the child can become great, yet we have witnessed many failures in our society today. There must be a balance to the development of a child. The greatest investment on a child is the spiritual investment. Since this is directed at fulfilling their destinies, there is a reason in the heart of the creator for every living soul on earth.
Things to consider in Nurturing a Child
1. The Right Foundation (Psalm 11:3): If the foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do? Nobody builds without a foundation. The strength of a building is determined by the foundation it is resting on. You can rush a building to completion, but never the foundation.
2. Setting of Priority (Psalm. 127:3-5): Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
Focus is the mother of success. What you set your heart to do is what you achieve in life. Because children are a reward in life, they should be important focus in the family.
Zechariah worked so well on John that John perfectly fulfilled the reason for his existence. Jesus gave him a commendation. God always see us in our strength not in our weakness.
3. Guide the Children to Develop Personal Fellowship with God:
Let the children know God personally. God wants to be known as the God of Abraham, Isaac and of Jacob. God has no grandchild.
Be prayerful and lift up the children before God and Make a right confession about them.
Prayer: Father, I receive grace to bring up my children in the fear and nurture of the Lord in Jesus name Amen.
Further Reading: Psalms 127:3-5, Proverbs 10:25, Isaiah 54:13
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Exodus 15:19-17:7; Matthew 22:1-33; Psalm 27:1-6; Proverbs 6:20-26