“That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth” (Deuteronomy 11:21).
The nation of Israel is told to carefully follow God’s Ways, to turn from idolatry and to teach God’s Truth to their children, in order that their days may be “as the days of heaven upon the earth.”
Jesus said In John 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you…” God is preparing “a place” for His children. It will be a wonderful place – we call it Heaven.
As parents, we are responsible to provide a place for our children. Whether it’s a trailer, a semi-detached, or a mansion, parents have the responsibility to make that place a “heaven upon the earth” for their children.
One of the chief characteristics of a “heavenly” home is that it should be a place of security. It should be free from fear and anxiety. We need never worry about ever being separated from our Heavenly Father. Jesus said in John 10:27-29, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand…”
God is providing for us a place that is absolutely secure. That is the pattern we are to provide for our children: a home that is safe and secure, a home where the children know that mom and dad love each other, and each child is loved and accepted unconditionally. We need to provide a home where our children can retreat and find a safe haven of rest, a home where there is absolutely no possibility of divorce. A home that is totally secure!
One of your child’s greatest fears may be that one day my mom and dad are going to divorce just like the parents of their friends at school. You need to assure them that won’t happen. That means you don’t raise your voice in anger at each other in front of the children — or any other time for that matter.
Children are full of insecurities. Ask specific questions and get to know the needs and fears of each child. Help make those childhood years “as the days of heaven upon the earth” for your children.
Morris Hull, Home Life Ministries