“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
There is one biblical principle that is perhaps the most well known verse parents look to, and cling to, as their children grow up. This verse is especially comforting when children are in times of rebellion, doubt, or disobedience. Proverbs 22:6 is indeed a comforting verse; but it is also very misunderstood.
We must remember that this verse is a Proverb. A proverb is not so much a promise or guarantee that something will always happen, but rather a principle that states what, by and large, will happen. It is a principle that is always worth following…but it does not guarantee a certain result.
Another important note about this verse is that it is only for those parents who “train” their children. Everything rises and falls on that word. This Proverb is intended only for those who teach and train their children while they are teachable and trainable. It is not for parents who take a laissez faire attitude, letting their children decide how they are going to live and what they are going to believe.
The truth all parents can cling to in this verse is that children need to be trained from the earliest stages of their lives. Children need loving discipline; and more times than not, the biblical discipline sown will reap lifelong benefits.
Dear Lord, I want to train up my children so that they follow you and point others to you. Please guide me and teach me as I attempt to guide and teach them according to your Word. In Jesus' name, amen.