And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be as signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made two lights- the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night-and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light to the earth, to rule over the day and over the night , and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. Genesis 1:14-19
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2
The more times I read the bible over and the more God deepens my faith through my life’s journey the more these two verses make me meditate. Sometimes it drives me crazy with questions. Yet, it also leads me to a deeper appreciation of God and the universe he created. After reading the first chapter of Genesis one might be inclined to ask, “how can this help train children?” A quick glance or thought; God prepared a place. He didn’t just blindly make a man. He planned and prepared a place. And knowing that mankind would sin he planned a Savior.
When I married my love over forty years ago I was excited about marriage, home, and kids. I wanted all that, but I never spent time in preparation. Marriage, home, and kids are big pictures. There is a ton of details in every one of those concepts. I must say I was a foolish young person. I planned on doing what everybody else did without thought as to how to accomplish it. What kind of education my kids would have? Were we going to be church people? The closest my husband and I came to planning was that having me be a stay at home mom. Being a homemaker was something I had wanted since I was five years old. The truth is my mother starting working when I was five. And I resented it.
And God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light. And God saw that the light was good. God separated the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:3-4
And God made the two great lights-the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night-and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and the night, and separate the light and the darkness. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:16-18
He acknowledged a distinction between day and night, light and dark, and then he set the sun and the moon to help us, to point out this distinction as well as its value for guidance. It’s the start of a good routine. That we might make a choice between following the light over stumbling in the dark.
As parents we must reflect the light of the creator of the universe. Like the moon reflects the sun we are to reflect Jesus.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
While people call it ‘raising kids,’ what you are doing is raising responsible Christian adults. That doesn’t happen in a vacuum. And it is not automatically imprinted on them because you go to church and say you love Jesus. Infants’ intellects and moral values are like the earth was, without form and void, and because we are all born with a sin nature there is a darkness over the face of our soul. When we disciple our children we are helping them to know how to divide the light from the darkness. Disciplining them, the teaching portion, is taking the chaos out of life and forming it into a life in which they are more capable of choosing to follow the light of the world, the God of the universe who is the light of all men.
Our lives, the things we say and do are to reflect Christ. And when people know that we a Christians and we sin this reflects poorly on Christ and Christianity. Not just before others, but before our children.
that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, Philippians 2:15
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved Children. Ephesians 5:1
You’ve heard the expression monkey see monkey do? Consider the fact that your children have you as the example of how to lead a life. If your life is filled with the things or ways of the world, then so will theirs. If you fail to lead a life that seeks the peace, patience, and kindness of Christ than your children will not only fail to have these identifier in their life they will disdain Christ. In a world of darkness we were put here to be light. To imitate Christ is to be a reflection of God, our greatest light.
While you have light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." John 12:36