Train Up a Child
Prov22.6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
When a verse is written as a statement it is not just a statement, it is a statement from God. When God makes a statement that contains a promise; God will not fail to keep that promise. This promise holds the key to 7 out of 10 believing teens walking away from their faith.
If we as parents commit ourselves to bring up our children in the Bible, God promises to guard them and keep them. This promise is not to just anyone; it is to those that are responsible for a child’s training, and Biblically that is the family. Sunday school teachers are needed, but this promise does not go to them. Sunday school does not “train up” a child; a parent trains up a child. This is too precious of a promise not to claim, but it can only be claimed if we follow the instruction to “train up a child in the way he should go”.
The Bible is the one book that is recommended for teaching and training, and this recommendation is in the Bible. 2Tim3.16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Prayer is just as important as teaching. Not many understand that not to pray for those that God puts on our hearts, and our children are definitely on our hearts, is actually a sin. The following verse tells us this biblical principal of prayer. 1Sam12.23 Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way. According to this verse prayer comes first, and then instructions in the “good and right way”. This prayer must be every day and in everything for our children’s lives.
Published on Friday, January 17, 2014 @ 5:46 AM CDT