Perhaps no other verse has been more misaligned than Solomon’s admonishment to parents: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Is this verse a guarantee or a guide?
Some scholars believe that to “train a child” begins with the parents dedicating the child to God. This may have its roots in a formal or informal ceremony in the life of the family when a child and the parenting of the child were absolutely consecrated to the Lord. The “training” of the child was to be God-centered and God-honoring that would develop the skills and talents that God gave the child to love, worship, honor and serve the Lord. The child was to be trained not only intellectually but by the words and behavior of the parents. They were to be examples of who the child was to become and what the child could do with their lives by encouraging the child to find God’s will and way for their life! Children are taught that “humility and fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” and will lead to a life that pleases God.
But what if parents follow this plan and the child turns from God? We come back to the fact that parents are responsible to do as God commands. Parents must be obedient and faithful to God and live consistent Christ-filled lives. If children see that “it” works for their parents, they know it will work for them.
Prayer: Enable us who are parents, Lord, to be loving, understanding, worshiping, consistent, obedient and humble examples. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 22:6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.