Observe Your Children Closely
Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
In computer lingo, we hear the acronym, “WYSIWYG.” It stands for “What You See Is What You Get.” What you see on the screen will be duplicated when it is printed on paper. Little children are like that. Not yet adept at masking their fears and feelings like adults, what you see is who they are.
A secular proverb says, “Large oaks from little acorns grow.” A character flaw may begin as a little acorn. If left unchecked it will one day become a large oak. We as parents need to observe our children closely. When we see acorns of selfishness, vengefulness, pride, dishonesty, and the like, we need to stifle that trait’s growth by discipline and fervent prayer before it forms into a settled habit.
Conversely, we are to encourage and seek to strengthen character traits in our kids that will mature into large oaks of righteous behavior. Don’t forget to reaffirm correct behavior in your children. Train up your children in the Word of God and watch as it does its transforming work in their lives.
Jacob. Jacob’s character was seen very early when he came forth from the womb holding onto Esau’s heel. It was a glimpse of the personal ambition and deceit that would mark his later life (Genesis 25:26; Hosea 12:3).
Samuel. The Lord’s hand was upon Samuel from his youth, and Samuel’s words were without defect. All Israel recognized that he was to be a prophet of the Lord (1 Samuel 3:19-20).
John the Baptist. The Spirit’s hold upon John was evident even from within Elizabeth’s womb (Luke 1:15, 44).
Jesus. Jesus’ messianic mission was discerned by both Simeon and Anna as they served in the temple. His character and holiness were evident from His youth (Luke 2:25-52).
Prayer of Application
Heavenly Father, help us parents to be discerning of the character traits of our children even from birth, then help us to raise those children in the fear and discipline of the Lord.
Copyright 2014 – Robert C. Beasley