Welcome back to the A Believer’s Character series. Each week Joyice Harris of Raising Boys Homeschool and I share posts about instilling Godly Christian character in our children. Joyice is the mother of two boys and writes about introducing Godly character to her sons while I share information about imparting Godly character traits to my three girls. You can see the list of character traits I’ve already shared by visiting this page, The ABCs of Christian Character.
Today I am sharing a post about raising knowledgable girls, while Joyice has posted about her desire to bring up boys who are kind. I encourage you to visit Joyice and read her post. Her posts are always enlightening and encouraging.
What is the definition of the word knowledgable?
The word knowledgeable means to be intelligent and well informed.
What does the Bible say about being knowledgeable?
King Solomon is often recognized as the wisest man who ever lived. When God appeared to him in a dream and offered to give him anything he desired, King Solomon asked for wisdom instead of riches. God granted Solomon’s request and also gave him wealth to reward him for making such an unselfish request (I Kings 3:1-15).
The Bible later tells us that the Queen of Sheba traveled a great distance to ask Solomon hard questions. The scriptures also teach us that Solomon knew much about animals, astronomy, and botany. King Solomon’s request highlights the importance of being armed with knowledge.
Because knowledge is so important, it is frequently mentioned in the Bible. Consider these verses regarding knowledge:
- The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)
- Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it. (Ecclesiastes 7:12)
- Desire without knowledge is not good— how much more will hasty feet miss the way! (Proverbs 19:2)
- The wise prevail through great power, and those who have knowledge muster their strength. (Proverbs 24:5)
Raising knowledgable daughters
God wants us to have knowledge and so as a parent, it is my job to teach my daughters about knowledge. Her are four reasons they be knowledgable.
- My daughters must be knowledgable in order stand strong against Satan’s schemes. Satan will always be on the prowl, making a sincere effort to confuse them. In order to fight back, the girlies must know God’s truth so they’ll recognize and then combat Satan’s lies.
- My daughters must be knowledgable in order to respond to those who may question their faith in Christ. The Christian faith is always under attack. Many times believers are mocked because of their faith and are forced to defend their beliefs. My daughters must have knowledge so they’ll be able to answer the naysayers quickly and completely.
- My daughters must be knowledgable so they can avoid potential problems. Once Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, problems became a regular part of life. Some problems can be avoided because the girlies are fully aware of the danger that accompanies a certain behavior or specific activity.
- My daughters must be knowledgable so they can solve problems that cannot be avoided. The girlies will not be able to sidestep all problems. Sometimes they will have to face problems head on and God given knowledge can be used to help them solve the problem they face. God doesn’t want them to run off and hide. He wants them to use what they know so they can emerge as victors.
A prayer for knowledge:
Dear Lord, You are all wise and all knowing. It’s comforting to know that nothing that happens here on earth comes as a surprise to you. Thank you for giving us the Bible, a manual that we can read in order to gain knowledge. When we are unsure of what to do, help us to remember to seek You because You are the source of the knowledge we so desperately need. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
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