Pr 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
This Scripture is loaded with clues as to how to prepare a child for adulthood. In this dis-functional world we live in, we are often left with the impression that there is nothing that we can do about the state of affairs of the next generation. This is absolutely not true. It is not a time to give up, but it is a time to shape up. For the next few entries I will be addressing some of the basics in raising our children in a way that will make us proud, honor the Lord and to prepare them to live in chaos, victoriously.
Today we will look at this verse and in the following few entries I will focus on some of the basics that will help prepare them for what they will most certainly face. The first half of this verse gives us the instruction of what the job of the parents is. We are to train up a child in the way he should go. First of all we are to train up a child. That presupposes that we know the way he should go. There are a lot of different voices claiming do this or don’t do that. How do you know which one is right? It is easy, just compare it with Scripture. There are two things that are certain and that is God’s instructions are right and that any voice contradicting the Scripture is wrong. You don’t have to understand it, just obey it. Before we even begin training the child we must first make the way certain in our own lives. If we have proved it to ourselves then we will have the confidence in the principle and the assurance that it works. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no man cometh to the Father, except by me. If you don’t know that you don’t know, you are ignorant of the truth. If you know that you don’t know, then you are lost and without direction. If you know that you know then you have both knowledge and direction.
1John 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. It is not in telling them that gives them life, it is not in yelling at them that they catch on to life, Its not in punishing them that imparts life, but it is in introducing them to the giver of life that they can then receive life. Christianity is more caught than taught. If they can see it they can conceive it, but if they don’t perceive it then they remain in darkness. Once a child begins to see with his spiritual eyes, nothing else will satisfy and they will remember and they will return.