Attention on the Principles Taught

The main theme of Proverbs 22:1-16 is putting God first. The one thing we all have in common is that God is maker of us all. If we put our attention on the principles taught in the Bible, we will all have what we need to succeed.

Our attention to putting God first should begin at a young age. Training children in the ways of God so they will not depart from it (v. 6). At the same time, adults also grow by training the young and becoming good examples for them.

One idea for training young people is to highlight God’s principles. It is a challenge because of the distractions that technology can bring to us today. Social media and the access to false information makes it a challenge to train in the right way.

One advantage to God’s principles are that they never change. From generation to generation, the principles are the same. Most everything changes in our world with technology but the principles of God never do.

A daily devotional time using a guide like “This Day with God” internalizes His guiding principles becoming an instrument which pushes one to focus on Him in every activity throughout the day.

Being a good example for the younger generation requires that we apply His principles in our own lives. Kids need leadership and they need to see their leader walking the walk. Technology doesn’t work unless the code that runs it is synced up. It’s the same in our lives. To walk the walk, leaders must be in sync with the correct model. They need to be in sync with the ONE that provides what they need; the ONE true God.

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This day with You Lord, help us to focus on what matters most in life. We sometimes focus on things that don’t matter like a luxurious house, a fancy car, or that our favorite sports team wins. These never fully satisfy but the promise You give us through Your Son opens the door to an awesome future. Use us to reveal Your glory to the younger generation so that all eyes are fixed on the ONE that brings significance. Amen.

 

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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