Train a Child Right and He Will Not Depart From It

The Roman Catholic Church says, “Give me your child till he is twelve, and I care not who has charge of him afterward. He will be a Roman Catholic for life.” (Lou Nicholes - Missionary/Author). … More

Train

A good name is far more important in life than to accumulate a lot of wealth  (v.1). A person may acquire wealth (v. 2) but that does not completely separate him from the poor, for both are creatures whose maker is the Lord. God therefore is concerned about everyone, regardless of their economic status. Another contrast is made between the prudent and the simple (v. 3). The one is aware of danger and wisely avoids it; the other may see danger but puts forth no effort to avoid it, so he suffers for it. Humility and the fear of the Lord go together (v. 4). A person cannot be fearing God and be filled with selfish pride at the same time. The wicked have problems; thorns (Prov. 15:19) and snares (Prov. 21:6) are in their paths (v. 5).

If we “train up a child in the way he should go: when he is old he will not depart from it” (v. 6). The key word in this passage is “train“. We must remember that telling and warning is not enough. Our children  must see that our own lives exemplify our instruction.

Unfortunately a rich person may “lord it over” a poor person, and a lender is master of the borrower (v. 7). This suggests that a person should be careful before making a loan. He may become like a slave. A person who sows seeds of wickedness will reap a harvest of trouble (v. 8). Trouble is the inevitable result of sin. The trouble the wicked bring on others will come on themselves. A generous man is willing to share food with the poor which shows he is genuine (v. 9). He looks at others with the desire to help them, not to take advantage of them. A mocker causes strife, quarreling, and insults (v. 10). So by removing a troublemaker, trouble also leaves. Purity of motives and words are appreciated by a king (v. 11). Naturally he wants to have people like that around him.

THE CURE OF CRIME IS NOT THE ELECTRIC CHAIR BUT THE HIGH CHAIR

Application

One big area in many families is that they are not doing anything to train their families spiritually. In what ways have I failed in the training program of our home?  What changes need to be made?

Proverbs 22:1-11 (English Standard Version)

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. The rich and the poor meet together; the LORD is the maker of them all. The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it. The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life. Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked; whoever guards his soul will keep far from them. Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail. Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor. Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease. He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.

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