“Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children,, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done” (Psalm 78: 3&4).
There’s absolutely nothing like first-hand history handed down by parents to their children and they in turn handing the same down to their children. The recounting of life’s stories and experiences is something the storyteller relishes and the hearers will usually not forget. The effects of such stories are unquantifiable. The children’s faith and
confidence in God is boosted by first hand testimonies. They are able to believe God for such interventions in their lives. We commonly hear statements like, ‘the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’ or ‘the God of my father’. If God could do it then, He certainly can do it again!
You must talk to your children about God’s dealings with you. You must also tell them about God’s dealings or disciplinary actions against people who erred. “That they may set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments and may not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not set its heart aright, And whose spirit was not faithful to God” (Psalm 78:7&8).
The instruction to teach and talk to your children is mandatory as stated in Deuteronomy 6:6-8. At every opportunity you must talk to them. Prepare them for the future like David did to Solomon (1 Kings 2). Let them know God’s
conditions for continuing to deal bountifully with your lineage. Let them know if you made mistakes and how you retraced your steps. Don’t leave your children without first hand instructions of who God is and how He has helped
1. I will continue to speak of Your goodness to me, O Lord.
2. I will teach as many as will listen, your precepts and dealings with men.