Making Scripture a Priority
A father who makes the Word of God a true priority in his life and his family establishes a foundation of success based on the principles and truth of God’s Word. (See Joshua 1:8.)
A wisdom search is a time when the family gathers together for worship, studying Scripture, prayer, and fellowship. Taking time for wisdom searches can revolutionize interpersonal relationships in the family — especially between a husband and wife. Many families testify that this time together builds a deep foundation for family fellowship and support for the years ahead, and it provides stability as the truths of God’s Word are studied and honored together.
See God’s Word as the final authority on any subject.
- Scripture governs all that we do, is inexhaustible, and has practical direction for every situation and circumstance of life.
- God has structured His Word in such a way that when we bring a problem to it and search for the answers as for hidden treasure, we will find wisdom. (See Proverbs 2:1-5.)
Reveal your convictions.
- When children see that their father is excited about God’s Word, they will gain an unshakable confidence in its importance as the foundation for their lives.
- When a wife sees her husband take spiritual leadership in the family, her greatest need is fulfilled.
- Beginning each day with God’s Word indicates that Scripture is not simply being added to other subjects as “one more thing to do.”
- Build other activities around your Wisdom Search.
- If there is time for breakfast but not for Wisdom Search, which activity is your true priority? Scripture instructs us,“Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
- Remember that the key to rising early is going to bed early.
Build character and maturity.
- The family schedule may need to vary in order to accommodate the father’s work schedule, vacations, sickness, etc.
- Expect spiritual warfare. God wants the family unified; the enemy wants the family fragmented.
- Applying Scripture builds discernment. “But strong meat belongeth to them that are full of age, even those who by reason of use have their senses excercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14).
- One of the greatest challenges to a meaningful Wisdom Search is the interruption of the telephone. Use an answering machine or have a plan for calls during times when you are studying together.
- Creative projects for young children, such as coloring, drawing theme pictures, or playing quietly, prepare them for worship.
Prepare the family to see all of life from God’s perspective.
- Establish a plan for reading and studying Scripture. Consider reading five chapters of Psalms and one Proverb each day. The psalmists poured out their hearts to the Lord, and through their example we can learn to turn to the Lord in any circumstance. The Book of Proverbs gives direction for relating to others and shows cause-and-effect sequences.
- Brining your needs to God in the morning and thanking Him in the evening is a good way to keep your entire family aware of His daily involvement in your lives.
- A Wisdom Search can include specific topics, such as the following:
- Personal testimonies
- Biblical principles
- Character qualities
- Current event articles
Show that you care about each one’s needs.
- Ask each family member to share current struggles or questions so that you can search for truths that apply as you read together.
- Look for direct and indirect applications that are related to your current Wisdom Booklet studies and character quality focus.
- Through Wisdom Searches you can establish convictions and standards for the family. A father can use this discussion time as a springboard to discover the condition of his child’s relationship with the Lord by asking each one, “What conviction or standard is God teaching you to uphold in your own family?”
Show that you value each person’s opinion.
- Have each family member read a portion of Scripture aloud. You can make beginning readers feel a part by helping them learn to read certain words.
- Ask each one, “What stood out to you, and why?”
- Give continual encouragement.
- Allow discussion of what is discovered.
Bathe your family in prayer.
- List prayer requests for the day, and ask each member to pray.
- You might want to keep a record of your daily requests and the ways that God answered each one as a reminder of how God works in your family.