Wednesday, 27 May 2015

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” Proverb 22:6

The scripture says as arrows are in the hand of a mighty man so are children of the mighty man. But you know that an arrow cannot shoot itself but must be shot by somebody. Until an arrow is shot it cannot hit a target. The owner of an arrow is the one who sharpens it and directs it at the target he wants to hit. The scripture above says train up a child in the way he should go. This speaks of a two way responsibility between parents and children.

As a child you are expected to willingly submit yourself to your parents so that they can propel you as a mighty instrument to hit a target. It requires willing submission. In other words, no matter how intelligent or talented you may be, no matter how much the Lord has invested in you, no matter the purpose and design He has for you, you may end up not getting to your destination in life, if not properly directed. So, that places the responsibility on you to submit so that you can be properly directed.

Children are prone to a lot of things. And in this day and hour there are a lot of things begging for their attention. There are distractions here and there; technology distraction and peer pressure. If care is not taken, they will go in the wrong direction and end up becoming nobody in life. This is not because God has not planned something great for their lives but because they did not submit to the mighty man who is supposed to shoot them. One of the Hebrew translations of the sentence “train up a child” says it is not about bending of the will but to give the child a taste of what you want him to become. For instance when you want a child to love a particular kind of meal you have to keep feeding him that meal and when he grows up he will get used to it. Beloved, the time to start feeding your child with spiritual food is now while he is still a child and by the time he grows up, he would have become used to it. Don’t wait, start now.

Further reading: Psalm 127:1-5 Daily Bible reading: Morning-2 Chronicles 1-3, Evening-John 10:1-23


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