The Importance Of Religious Education

Walk-In-Faith Friday

When faced with tragedy, fear, or a life changing event or decision, have you ever pondered the value of your religious upbringing? Has your relationship with God carried you through some of the most anxious or even devastating moments of your life?

There have been some pretty big news headlines recently. Destructive tornadoes. Wildfires in Texas. A royal wedding. The shuttle Endeavour's launch. Each news story has human characters involved. People who are facing excitement of yet another journey to space, or who feel the power of love as they walk down the red carpet to become one with their perfect prince.

Others are digging out of the rubble that once was their beautiful home. Their personal sanctuary. A place filled with precious memories. Some have had to say goodbye to very dear loved ones.

I pray that God's peace, comfort, and wisdom will be with all of you this morning, no matter what circumstances you may be facing.

On a much lighter note, just this morning I saw a headline about the price of coffee going up 40%! {Gasp!} My friends we have much to talk about this Walk-In-Faith, Friday morning. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join me as we study a scripture which teaches us the importance of religious education.

Scripture Study: Psalm 78:5 NIV

He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which He commanded our forefathers to teach their children...

What Does This mean?

God commanded that the stories of His mighty acts throughout history and all of His laws, be taught and passed on from parents to their children. This shows the purpose and importance of religious education - to help each generation obey God and set their hope on Him.

My Lesson?

This scripture confirms in my heart and in my mind, the importance of raising my children to know and love God. It starts at home. As a parent, God expects me and my husband to train our children in the ways of the Lord.

This importance is mentioned another time in Proverbs 22:6 which tells us, Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

I'm thinking now of the news headlines. God doesn't promise a life without heartache or trials. He does, however, promise to be our stronghold during times of trouble. He promises to save us, to revive us, to bring us peace.

He promises to take our hurts and turn them into something beautiful, according to His will and in His time. He promises to be our refuge and to be with us - ALWAYS. Pick up a Bible and page through it. You're sure to find countless other promises from our Lord and Savior.

Praying My personal lesson in all of this is to make sure my children know and understand what it means to live a life of faith. For as much as I'd like to know they will always be protected from harm's way, I think I would be naïve to believe they'll have a life of ease that's always free from pain.

I can't necessarily protect them from getting hurt in every situation, but I can obey God's command to teach them His word. In doing so, I will be arming my children with God's shield of faith {Ephesians 6:16}, so when they are faced with difficult situations they'll be able to stand strong, confident, and faithful trusting God's ultimate plan.

What Did You Get Out Of This Study?

I'd love to hear your feedback. The thing I enjoy most about Walk-In-Faith Friday is being able to read how God speaks to all of you through scripture.

Let's Pray: Heavenly Father, we thank you for your word, as it is a trusted roadmap for our life. We know you command us to teach our children the wonderful stories of all your mighty acts. We want to prepare our children by arming them with your spirit and your word. Be with us as we share your love and your many promises with them. Open their hearts and minds to learn and accept your word as their own trusted roadmaps. And in all we do, may we glorify you. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Wishing you all a blessed weekend!

~Until next time, may God bless you with teaching opportunities in your family, with your children!

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Rosann is wife to the man of her dreams and stay-at-home mom to two delightful little girls. Her heart's greatest passions are loving her family well, long-distance running, writing, and pretty much anything dark chocolate peanut butter. Rosann loves to encourage women whose husbands are in a season of unemployment, at her other website Her writing inspiration comes from a strong desire to glorify God while sharing the heart of her journey through a life of faith. She is also the Author of two books - UnEmployed Faith: Clothing Yourself in Strength and Perseverance Through his Season of Unemployment, and Refuel Your Inner SuperMom: A Practical Guide to Getting Your Groove Back.