“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
My wife and I got to spend last Christmas holiday with our first Grandchild. What a gift that was. We got to watch the love his parents showed him. We got to see patience on display as our daughter and son-in-law dealt with destroyed baby schedules and many hours in a car seat or backpack as we toured and hiked in Palm Springs. We got to worship together on Christmas Eve. And then I got my Christmas present as our daughter asked me to read the Christmas story just before she put the little guy to bed. It was a special moment for me.
Scripture tells us Psalm 127:3, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” If you have a child you know this to be true. But having a grandchild just multiplies this feeling. Children and grandchildren are rewards! They are gifts to cherish.
God’s Word also says in Proverbs 29:15, “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.” And then in Ephesians 6:4, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Then Proverbs 29:15 passage warns that a child left to themselves will bring shame. But how do parents direct their children? Ephesians 6:4 tells us – discipline and instruction, NOT by provoking a child to anger. When parents discipline, there will be a sense of disappoint at times, but that will pass. When we anger our children, we cause them to actually rebel against instruction/discipline. Many times angering a child is caused by our own issues, not our children’s.
Question: Are you disciplining or angering your children?
Challenge: Pray for God’s patience as you raise your children.
Prayer: Father, thank you that as our “Abba – Father” you instruct and discipline us, but don’t bring us to anger. May we do the same with our children. Amen.
Craig Stout, Chapel Leader -- Princeton Rays