Proverbs 22:6 Train Up a Child
Yesterday I posted about making God the center of our daily lives and consciously speaking about Him to our children daily. Today I will focus on what God has to teach us about raising up our children in Proverbs 22:6.
Raising Godly Children
Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible
“When he comes to the opening of the way of life, being able to walk alone, and to choose; stop at this entrance, and begin a series of instructions, how he is to conduct himself in every step he takes. Show him the duties, the dangers, and the blessings of the path; give him directions how to perform the duties, how to escape the dangers, and how to secure the blessings, which all lie before him. Fix these on his mind by daily inculcation, till their impression is become indelible; then lead him to practice by slow and almost imperceptible degrees, till each indelible impression becomes a strongly radicated habit. Beg incessantly the blessing of God on all this teaching and discipline;”
Teach them how to conduct themselves. Give directions to perform their duties. Show them how to avoid and overcome dangers. Show them how to secure blessings.
When you are being trained for a new job you expect someone to thoroughly explain what is expected and to give grace if you make mistakes in the beginning.
Are you thoroughly explaining your expectations to your child?
Do you give grace and calmly correct your child when they make mistakes when presented with a new task or behavior?
Daily inculcation until indelible. Lead them through slow practice until a strong habit is formed.
Are you helping your child form good, strong habits or are you just expecting them to form on their own?
Pray incessantly for God to bless your teachings and discipline.
How often do you take time to pray about how you are teaching and disciplining your children?
Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
“…by praying with them and for them, by bringing them under the means of grace, the ministry of the word, by instructing them in the principles of religion, teaching them their duty to God and man, and setting them good examples of a holy life and conversation; and this is to be done according to their capacity, and as they are able to understand and receive the instructions given them: “according to the mouth of his way” (s), as it may be literally rendered; as soon as he is able to speak or go, even from his infancy; or as children are fed by little bits, or a little at a time, as their mouths can receive it;”
Pray with and for them. Bring them under grace. Instruct them about religion. Teach them about their duty to God and man. Set a good example. Teach them at their level so that they may understand.
How much time do you spend praying for your kids? With your kids?
Children are likely to learn more from your actions than your words. Does your example of daily living match up with what you are teaching your children?
“and when he is old he will not depart from it; not easily, nor ordinarily; there are exceptions to this observation; but generally, where there is a good education, the impressions of it do not easily wear off, nor do men ordinarily forsake a good way they have been brought up in (t); and, however, when, being come to years of maturity and understanding, their hearts are seasoned with the grace of God, they are then enabled to put that in practice which before they had only in theory, and so continue in the paths of truth and holiness.”
Good education lasts. They will put their training into practice.
Don’t underestimate the life-long influence you have. Do you recognize how important it is to start good training early?
By our training their hearts will be seasoned with the grace of God!
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
“Train children, not in the way they would go, that of their corrupt hearts, but in the way they should go; in which, if you love them, you would have them go. As soon as possible every child should be led to the knowledge of the Saviour.”
Because of man’s first sin our children already have corrupt hearts that lead them down dangerous paths. As their loving parents we are to teach them as early as possible about our Lord and Savior.
Are your children ever too young to hear about the Lord’s love for them?
What to pray for-
Help training up your children
Guidance towards Biblical teachings and disciplines
To bless your teachings and discipline
That your children’s hearts will be seasoned with grace
That they will not turn from these teachings as they grow
God has called you to lead your children to the knowledge of the Savior as soon as possible.
It is your current teachings that prepare them to follow the Lord.
You must pray incessantly for God to bless the journey of training up your children.