The book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth…: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success (Joshua 1:8). For someone (even a nation) to be prosperous, the person has to be filled with the Word of God. A nation is said to be prosperous depending on the standard of living of her citizens. In order words, the prosperity of a nation depends on how prosperous each of the citizens is. That is, the more each of the citizens is filled with God’s Word.
In every society, a family is the smallest unit so to say. This means people spent a lot of time together as a family, then, the teaching of the Word of God lies most on the parents especially, the father; not on the church. The church has minimal impact compared to the home.
The Bible says in Isaiah 38:19b – the father to the children shall make known your truth. If the father as the head of the family – with input from the mother – can teach his children God’s Word, many evil occurrences would be averted: there would be a reduction in hired assassination, armed robbery, thuggery, theft, embezzlement and any other vice you can mention. Had it being that those fathers who had seen all the great works of the Lord, that He did for Israel (Judges 2:7) told their children; they would have known the Lord, and the work He had done for their fathers and served Him instead of turning to another God which brought doom to them (Judges 2:10). Every evil the youths of this day practices is turning to other gods for sustenance and prosperity, which spells doom for them by premature death.
Deuteronomy 11: 18-20 is still emphasizing what Joshua 1:8 and Isaiah 38:19b are saying. Verse 19 reads, “And you shall teach them to your children,….” You cannot teach what you don’t know to your children. This implies that, from your youth, you must know the Word of God; you must study and meditate therein, then when you become fathers and mothers, you will have something upstairs spiritually to pass unto your children.
Deuteronomy 6:7 – 9 (same with Deut. 11:18 – 20); “And you shall teach them diligently unto your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
This implies that you have morning devotion together, you pray together before you sleep, and in your discussion, you give them pieces of advice by sharing the Word with them.
And Verses 8 & 9; “And you shall bind them for a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house, and on your gates.” This implies that your Bible must be placed in such a way that you will have easy access to it. Even verses of the Bible that are imparting can be written or typed out and be placed on the walls of your house/room for easy visual contact.
You children, when you are taught the Word; attend to them (my words), incline your ear unto them (my sayings). Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life unto those that find them and health to all their flesh (Pro 4:20 – 22). Listen again; you are the parents – fathers and mothers – of tomorrow.
Again, Isaiah 38:19b says, “the father to the children shall make known your truth. John 8:32 & 36 depicts that Jesus is the truth. He even said of Himself; “I am, the way, the truth, and life” – John 14:16.
Make Jesus known to your children, then they can prosper for it is Him that can give life and prosperity to the world thereby enriching the nations of the world. For our nation to prosper, it must begin with you!
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