It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible.
George Washington was considered to be a wise man whose faith in God gave him great wisdom. When we consider the incredible task of raising our children, it’s difficult to imagine teaching our children to navigate the world without God’s constant guidance, just as we use His Word in our daily lives.
Henry Ward Beecher said it this way,
The Bible is God’s chart for you to steer by, to keep you from the bottom of the sea, and to show you where the harbor is, and how to reach it without running on rocks or bars.
When we were considering homeschooling our first children, we were not certain if we should or how we should do so. Prayer led us to be certain that it was indeed the path God wanted us to take, and God opened doors to very solid Christian curriculum with which we could begin.
It was only natural, therefore, that our children be immersed in God’s Word in each of their daily studies. Bible study was a big part of our daily learning, but we also found God’s wisdom in the absolute perfection of math, the events of history, and the incredible wonders of science.
When children begin reading with Bible stories, they feel a strong attachment to the Bible and the people and stories it contains. Our first stories were of God’s Love—the creation story, His guidance through life’s trials, and His promise given through the life of Jesus.
So great is my veneration of the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. –John Adams
John Adams words are quite true. If we can connect our children to God and His word at an early age, they will garner great wisdom as they progress through childhood into adulthood. They will learn the all important skills of respect, self discipline, work ethic, faith, and so much more. Most important, they will know that they can find answers to life questions by turning to the Bible and prayer, rather than following people who may not be bound by God’s authority.
Matthew Hale summed it up by saying,
There is no book like the Bible for excellent learning, wisdom, and use.
As babies, our children learn to trust parents, to follow their examples. Leading our children to the Bible at an early age and encouraging them to stay close to God will give them a solid foundation to hold them during those difficult times.
Our most important task as parents is to teach our children to follow God relentlessly. Combined with that, we need to teach them how to learn, including how to learn from the Bible. Using these skills, they will be ready to learn the school subjects and well beyond, while serving God and His world in the way that He leads.
Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. –Proverbs 22:6