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Deuteronomy 6:20  And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you? Deuteronomy 6:1-25

Children often seem to have a hard time understanding and accepting the faith of their fathers. They seem to attend church dutifully as young children and even enjoy it but then when they get old enough to question things, it is over.

The children question and the parents are unprepared to answer. The children ask “why” and the parents get angry because they are being questioned and are frustrated because they do not have the answer.

In this passage of Scripture Moses tells the people of Israel that their children are going to ask questions. They are going to want to know why you do what you do. Why do you have these rules? Why is the Bible so important?

Moses prepared them to have an answer. He said when they ask you are to tell them this.

In the New Testament you are told to have an answer ready whenever you are asked by anyone. Obviously, this would be double true for your children. 1Peter 3:15

Now comes the question for you as parents. Do you know why you believe what you believe? Can you explain your faith to others? Why do you have these rules? What is the basis for what you believe? Can you show me the reason?

You need not be ashamed. The answers are there. The problem isn’t God or His Word, it’s you! Have you taken seriously your relationship with God? Have you diligently inquired why? Have you tried to learn and grow in grace?

Is your worship of God based more on ritual and custom, or relationship? Do you “study to show yourself approved unto God a workman that needed nto to be ashamed?”

The challenge in today’s devotion is to get into the Word of God and learn. Get into a discipleship relationship. Ask questions. Get answers. Learn what to say to your children. You do not want to lose them to the world, Satan, sin, and Hell.

Step up to the plate. Get ready to answer the questions.

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