Psalm 19:7-11 talks about the value of the Word of God:
7The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure and bright, enlightening the eyes. 9The [reverent] fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10More to be desired are they than gold, even than much fine gold; they are sweeter also than honey and drippings from the honeycomb. 11Moreover, by them is Your servant warned (reminded, illuminated, and instructed); and in keeping them there is great reward.
LOVE the Word and you will grow in faith in every area of your life! It is when we know and love the Word of God that we will be able to "do the works that Jesus did, and GREATER works"! (John 14:12) AMEN!
In Matthew 19:13-15 we see this:
13Then little children were brought to Jesus, that He might put His hands on them and pray; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14But He said, Leave the children alone! Allow the little ones to come to Me, and do not forbid or restrain or hinder them, for of such [as these] is the kingdom of heaven composed. 15And He put His hands upon them, and then went on His way.
We have found over the years that children are VERY receptive to the Word of God and the things of the Spirit of God! Get the Gospel to them early and begin to build a strong foundation of faith in their lives. Remember the promise in Proverbs 22:6:
6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
In 2 Chronicles 18-19 we see more of the life of Jehoshaphat. He wasn't perfect in following the Lord, but I do like how he instructed his judges in verses 19:6-7:
6And said to the judges, Be careful what you do, for you judge not for man but for the Lord, and He is with you in the matter of judgment. 7So now let the reverence and fear of the Lord be upon you; take heed what you do, for there is no injustice with the Lord our God, or partiality or taking of bribes.
And also in verses 8-9 when he instructed the Levites and priests:
8Also in Jerusalem, Jehoshaphat set certain Levites, priests, and heads of families of Israel to give judgment for the Lord and decide controversies. When they [of the commission] returned to Jerusalem, 9The king charged them, Do this in the fear of the Lord, faithfully, with integrity and a blameless heart.
Relying on the wisdom of God and instructing others to follow after the Lord reveals the heart of a good and Godly ruler! We will see more of Jehoshaphat in our reading in a few days!
Shalom in Him!