In this final article, I’m exploring the wisdom of the Bible
to find out what it has to say to grandparents.
One of the greatest privileges of grandparents is to pray for their grandchildren (and they can start this well before they are born), but they also have a responsibility to teach their grandchildren what they have learned from God. I love this practical advice from Moses to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 4:
‘Just make sure you stay alert. Keep close watch over yourselves. Don’t forget anything of what you’ve seen. Don’t let your heart wander off. Stay vigilant as long as you live. Teach what you’ve seen and heard to your children and grandchildren.’
I can’t help but think this is what Timothy’s grandmother did, for Paul writes to him in II Timothy 1:5 : ‘I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.’
The Bible describes grandchildren as a blessing, as we see in passages like this one in Psalm 128:5&6: ‘Enjoy the good life in Jerusalem every day of your life. And enjoy your grandchildren. Peace to Israel!’.
And in the book of Ruth, we see a picture of the blessing which grandchildren are to their grandparents, when Naomi’s daughter-in-law Ruth has her baby:
Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her lap and became his nurse.
But the Bible also illustrates how grandparents can bless their grandchildren. In Genesis 48, Joseph brings his two sons to the deathbed of his father, Jacob, who blesses them with this blessing:
“May the God before whom my fathers
Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully,
the God who has been my shepherd
all my life to this day,
the Angel who has delivered me from all harm
—may he bless these boys.
May they be called by my name
and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,
and may they increase greatly
on the earth.”
If you are a grandparent, how can you bless your grandchildren?
If you are a parent, how can you see that your children are a blessing to your parents?