Text: Proverbs 22:6
” Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he grows up, he will not depart from it. “
Parents, please don’t confuse or put your children in bondage, or in a place of disadvantage in life by hammering on or focussing their attention on anything else but Christ and his finushed work for all of humanity – including those yet unborn. Yes!
Know and understand these realities yourself, and then teach and empower their hearts and minds with the Word of God concerning them. Then hand them over to God and rest. Because God’s Word says they will not depart from it.
And I assure you, no matter where they go in this world, God is responsible for their safety, defence, protection, preservation and total wellbeing. Why? Because his Word is in them! The Bible says he watches over his Word to make sure it produces, and releases a commensurate harvest. Read Isaiah 55:10-11.
And Apostle John said in 1 John 2:14, ” I have spoken to you young men because you are STRONG, and the WORD OF GOD ABIDETH IN YOU; and you have OVERCOME that evil one (the devil). The Word of God in the heart of your children makes them strong, determined and resolute in the face of any temptation, or when they need to make right choices and decisions in life.
David said, “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I may not sin against you… ” – Psalm 119:11. That’s it.
The Word of God, rich in the heart of your children is their greatest security and defence in this wicked world of increasing vices and all forms of madness!
Verse 9 of the same Psalm 119 says any young man or woman can keep himself/herself pure and unpolluted by keeping to God’s Word (not your dos and don’ts).
TRUST IS IT!
When you have empowered your children with the Word of God, he will keep them from falling by the power if his Word (Hebrews 4:12; 1Peter 1:5). He will not allow any man to do them any harm. Their deliverance from any kind of trouble becomes his personal responsibility (Psalm 91:14 – 15).
Trust is the name of the game. You trust your children because you know what you have put in them; and you trust God who you raised them for and have handed them over to.
Paul the apostle said in 2Timothy 1:12, “… for i know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep what I have committed to him…” That should be your posture as a parent who has raised his/her child “in the way he should go” – not worry and anxiety!
Stop all that suspicion and eavesdropping on their telephone conversations, or a very ready ” Who was that?” soon as they’re off the phone.
Stop checking their phones to read their texts, or to see whose numbers are listed in their contacts. No! That’s not what effective parenting is all about. Let your children know you trust them!
For instance, that you see your daughter talking to a boy doesn’t mean they’re sleeping together! So don’t get ferocious and embarrass your daughter! For her sake, be nice to the boy, as you ought to be to any guest; and then ask all the questions later…
God will really help us!