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Train up a child to:

Posted by Scott on August 29, 2009

What is it we as parents are suppose to train up our children to do, be, want, or come back to? Have you as a parent ever wondered that? I know I have numerous times.

The entire verse goes like this:

“Train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will come back to it” -Proverbs 22:6

I have seen the numerous wayward children just like everyone else has that so far has never come back to anything their parents taught them or have they gone the exact direction their parents taught them? Interesting subject I know. I have started exploring exactly what it is we are to teach our children growing up that when they are “seasoned” rather than just old they can come back to it and it be of some profit to them.

Proverbs 22 builds around this verse 6 it seems. It tells us some of what we are to teach our children as they are growing up. Each stage of their life we can teach them more and more, going deeper and deeper into each subject. I want to warn you that very little has to do with what job they will have, what college they will attend to what degree they should get. God has placed within each child a “bent” that they are moving towards regardless of what us parents really think or desire for them. It is our job as parents, in tune with our heavenly Father, in the power that He entrust to us, to learn over time what our children’s personality traits are, what kind of character God is moving them to be, and build that training around this.

One example I will share:

Train up the child to: (Proverbs 22:3 “A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”)
-exercise sound, good judgement and to use their God given common sense on a daily basis.
-be careful about their conduct around other people
1. be cautious in their decisions on what they are doing from what they eat, to what they are wearing, to what they say, to how they act, to the people they hang out with, to how they spend their money and time and so on.
2. look for the danger signs, the warning signs around them of doom that might be coming if the continue in a direction they are going. Teach them to seek out shelter and refuge in the Lord if they can see those danger signs.
-provide carefully for the future
1. not be frivolous with their time, financial spending and actions
2. learn to save not only spend
3. budget their time, resources, and money at all times
4. be looking ahead as best they can to be sure they are not caught off guard
5. be a person worthy to be trusted by others and accountable

This is one example of our parental training. This example of course can go as deep as anyone would want to take it of course. Most of us parents can teach this from past experiences, from what our parents taught us, and most importantly from what the Word of God instructs us in these areas of life.

In the Proverb to train our children, this comes as no easy task, but it is commanded to us by our heavenly Father as instructed to us in His Word. So, if we only teach our children worldly things without any of the important points here, we are setting our children on the path of doom to never to stay on the path of godliness or to return to it if they get off track.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2009


2 Responses to “Train up a child to:”

  1. Scott said

    Suzanne Hartmann: To know God commands us to train our children in, look at Deut. 6:4-7:
    4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. [a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when… Read More you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
    The question is: are we truly training our children in the way they should go when we send them every day to schools that have taken God out of the curriculum?

    Scott Bailey: Suzanne, thanks for your input. The example above is a small part of a book I just started writing on this subject. This first part is dealing with the practical issues that are not being taught anymore from Proverbs 22 then I will lead into what you have described above from Deut. To answer the question from my point of view, most parents are … Read Morenot training their children at all in the biblical way they should go…for the most part, they are trained in the secular way they should go and what is returning is not very delightful. They are taught how to make it to college, how to get a scholarship, how to play sports, have parties, etc., but while going to all these places once out of school they fall into a terrible trap many may never come out of.
    You mentioned the schools have taken God out of the curriculum. That is very true. However, this nation made the decision many decades ago to makes it government supported religion “humanism”. THe Federal governement cannot by its very laws endorse any Christian religion and allow it in the public arena. This is sad, but fact. Francis Schaeffer … Read Morewarned us of this over 20 yrs ago. So, to leave our kids in these secular humanistic institutions and expect them to come out of there with anything other than a humanistic philosophy is to live blindly. I say with the understanding that many parents feel they have no other choices..I just challenge them to really go before God and seek His desire in this matter. It is not that good kids cannot come out of the public school system, but we are seeing very few that leave the public schools with a Christian faith and quickly go the way of the state once entering college, 88% of them have rejected their faith by the time they leave highschool..sad
    I could go on and on about this subject. At every turn is another discussion. Bottom line, God made us the parents and with that comes the command to train our children to be godly young men and young women that love God with all their hearts and as they set out for college, the work force, or military they do so with a deep and strong faith that … Read Morecannot be taken from them by the secular humanistic world they are encountering. God holds the us, the parents, accountable for their training…the kids are held accountable for their decisions, but the training is up to us.
    I appreciate the comments.

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